Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Greens secure intl. opposition to nuclear shipment

20 April 2001

attention Environment Reporter

Greens secure international opposition to nuclear shipments

Green MP Ian Ewen-Street has secured international opposition to the shipment of nuclear cargoes through other countries exclusive economic zones at the international Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting in Havana early this month.

Mr Ewen-Street moved an amendment to a resolution calling for a ban on weapons of mass destruction to also include 'a complete ban... on the transportation of the components of weapons of mass destruction through the air space and / or the exclusive economic zones of other countries'.

"I am absolutely thrilled that delegates from parliaments from 140 countries agreed unanimously to this amendment," said Mr Ewen-Street.

"At a time when the Prime Minister is refusing to support a Green Party Bill which seeks to keep increasing numbers of nuclear shipments out of our waters because it would violate international law, it is heartening to see representatives from parliaments all around the world agree with us in saying that the International Law of the Sea is being interpreted to work against countries' rights to protect their environments and people."

Mr Ewen-Street said that the IPU decision was in line with the finding by the International Court of Justice that nuclear weapons are illegal.

"It is time the Law of the Sea was clarified to ensure that the right of innocent passage cannot be interpreted to include nuclear ships," he said.

"Now what we really need to see is Prime Ministers and parliaments all around the world putting this resolution into action," said Mr Ewen-Street.

"Nuclear shipments are a real threat to the health of people and environments and should not be given automatic access to countries EEZ's. Countries like New Zealand who are going to be put at increasing risk from more and more nuclear shipments should have every right to say no."

Mr Ewen-Street said he was puzzled as to how the Prime Minister was going to campaign for a nuclear free world if she was not prepared to tackle the international transport of nuclear materials which supported the nuclear industry and put nations like New Zealand at unacceptable risk.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On NZ’s Complicity In Western Sahara

If David Parker really wants to hone his crisis-managing chops on an international trade dispute that New Zealand has been making worse for years, he maybe should be turning his attention to the Western Sahara.

Some background: two NZ companies called Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients appear to be the only independent firms in the world still willing to import phosphate from the disputed territory of the Western Sahara... More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral with Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting to launch into matters of genuine substance. More>>

ALSO:

Withdrawls After Police Uniform Ban: Auckland Pride Remains Committed

The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days. More>>

ALSO:

South Korea: State Visit By Korean President Moon Jae-In

The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in will visit New Zealand from 2 to 4 December... “I am very much looking forward to welcoming President Moon to New Zealand,” said Jacinda Ardern. More>>

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>

ALSO:

Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels