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

 


Consultative Assembly successful, says local MP


Ross
ROBERTSON
MP for Manukau East
Assistant Speaker
Associate Spokesperson for Disarmament
(Small Arms and Light Weapons)

20 December 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Consultative Assembly successful, says local MP

Labour Associate Spokesperson for Disarmament and Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) President, Ross Robertson, said that the 7th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Rule of Law (CAP ICC) hosted by the Italian Parliament last week focused on the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes of international concern.

“The Assembly’s proceedings, which coincided with PGA’s 34th Annual Forum and International Human Rights Day, saw the participation of MPs and state officials from approximately 70 countries,” said Ross Robertson.

“Among the Assembly’s results were the commitment of high level politicians from states that have not yet ratified the Rome Statute of the ICC (‘States Non Parties’) to conclude the relevant processes of ratification as soon as possible (Malaysia), by the end of 2013 after the reform of the Penal Code (Morocco), in the course of the legislative year 2013-14 (Jamaica), or when their national calendar of decision-making will allow a large majority in Parliament (Cote d’Ivoire, El Salvador).

“There was also a commitment of MPs to initiate a national debate towards ratification in Mauritania, and the empowerment of MPs from States Non Parties that have already declared their interest in joining the Rome Statute (Tonga and Togo) and from States Non Parties that have not yet expressed a position on this critical matter (Kazakhstan, Libya and Yemen),” he said.

Ross Robertson said that Parliamentarians for Global Action will work with individual legislators and other political leaders to make sure that the commitments by lawmakers that emerged in Rome will bear fruit in the national legislatures of all participants, by way of further advocacy, follow-up events and initiatives to be undertaken in conjunction with partners and stakeholders.

“From that point of view it was a most successful conference, and bodes well for the future,” said Ross Robertson.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news