Parliament

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

 

NZ speaks out against compromising ICC


Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Media Statement

12 July 2002

NZ speaks out against compromising International Criminal Court

New Zealand has warned the United Nations Security Council against accepting any proposal which would undermine the principles of the International Criminal Court, says Foreign Minister, Phil Goff.

“The message we delivered to the Security Council this week is that providing across-the-board immunity for United Nations peacekeepers on a permanent basis was inconsistent with the principles of the Rome Statute which establishes the
Court.

“Putting peacekeepers above the law would represent an unacceptable double standard and undermine the moral authority of the peacekeeping force.

“It is also unacceptable for the Security Council to amend a treaty without the approval of the countries who have signed up to it.

“We see no need or justification to exempt peacekeepers from the jurisdiction of the Court. It is highly unlikely that service personnel on peacekeeping duties would commit crimes of genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity. It is even less likely that the countries to whom the peacekeepers belong would not investigate those allegations.

“There are clear safeguards which prevent decisions on prosecutions being based on political rather then legal grounds which is the concern held by the United States. Not least of those safeguards is the principle that national courts have primary responsibility for the prosecution of crime by their nationals. Further no court prosecutor can proceed with any action without the approval of Court judges.

“The key principle of the International Court is to remove impunity from those who commit the worst crimes against humanity.

“The Security Council must take no action which undermines the terms or integrity of the Statute which sets up the Court or detracts from its ability to do its job,” Mr Goff said.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: The End Of ‘Objectivity’ In Journalism

... and the dawn of something much better?
2019 looks like it might well be another really bad, terrible, not so good year for the traditional journalism model globally. Already in January three leading US digital outlets—BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and Vice announced layoffs that have left many accomplished journalists unemployed. Consolidation of journalism looks set to continue unabated as larger (sharky) media conglomerates swallow up smaller players globally. We also appear to be witnessing the death throes of the concept of ‘objective’ truth in journalism. However, perhaps that is not at all as bad as it sounds, and we are just finally waking up to the reality that it never really existed in the first place... More>>

 
 

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>

ALSO:

Health: Prohibiting Smoking In Vehicles Carrying Children

Under the change, Police will be able to require people to stop smoking in their cars if children (under 18) are present. Police will also be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to stop-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50... It is expected that this amendment will become law by the end of 2019. More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Day: Nationwide Events Commemorate Treaty Signing

“From large-scale events attracting tens of thousands of people such as those at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland and the Porirua Waterfront, to smaller gatherings in areas as far flung as the Chatham Islands and to the significant commemorations at Waitangi, these events are an opportunity for us to reflect on the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels