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Delegation of British Parliamentarians visits Honduras and seeks to build stronger relations with Congress

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A delegation of British parliamentarians headed by the Deputy Director of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) British Group, the Conservative Stewart Jackson MP, is visiting Honduras to build stronger relations between the United Kingdom Parliament and Congress, and meet with other interlocutors in the country.

Member of Parliament Stewart Jackson and five other members of the Westminster Parliament are in Honduras for three days, during which they will meet with the President of Congress, Doctor Mauricio Oliva; Presidents and Vice-Presidents of several legislative committees and other congressmen and women; the National Commission for Human Rights; organizations from civil society and representatives of the private sector, amongst others. The parliamentarians will also visit the largest wind farm in Central America, near Tegucigalpa.

The delegation will meet with Col. Francisco Gálvez Canales, Director of the Prison System, and tour a local prison to see at first hand the improvements in the security measures implemented by President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s administration. The British Government is supporting violence prevention efforts in Honduras and recently organized a football tournament with vulnerable young people as a way to help them embrace sport instead of violence.

This visit, in accordance with the principles of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, is intended to exchange experiences between both legislative bodies, discuss matters of international relevance, contribute to the promotion and defence of human rights, individual liberties and stimulate economic relations between both countries. This is the first time a group of British parliamentarians has visited Honduras.

The delegation is made up of four members of the House of Commons, two Conservative and two Labour Party MPs; and two members of the House of Lords. The House of Commons is an elected body made up of 650 members. The House of Lords is composed of 789 life members designated by the British Monarch, and members of the clergy.