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In Memoriam of ANR Robinson

ANR-Robinson

Programme Convenor

Felipe Michelini, Uruguay

Programme Co-Convenor

Mark Pritchard, United Kingdom

Deputy Convenors

Mr. Stephen Tashobya, Uganda Dr. Ruth Wijdenbosch, Suriname

International Law and Human Rights (ILHR)

International Law and Human Rights (ILHR)

Programme Overview and Objectives

Since 1989, when Honorable A.N.R. Robinson, then Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and member of PGA called upon the UN General Assembly to re-launch the work to establish an international criminal tribunal, the activities of the the International Law and Human Rights (ILHR) Programme have focused on parliamentary mobilization to contribute to the creation and effective operation of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

PGA considers the adoption in 1998 of the Rome Statute as the first significant building block of a more just international legal order founded upon the principle of individual responsibility and equality of all before the law. For this reason, the work of the ILHR Programme is central to the attainment of PGA's vision, namely to contribute to the creation of a rules-based international order, for a more equitable, safe and democratic world.

The Parliamentary Campaign for the Effectiveness and Universality of the ICC System launched formally in 2001 has as its objective to support the work of both the ICC and of domestic jurisdictions in order to prevent, repress, and redress the commission of the most serious international crimes (crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression).

Due to the historic significance of the ICC system and its potential to promote peace and international security, PGA has avowed itself to make use of the political and legal parliamentary prerogatives of its members in order to:

  1. Promote the universal ratification of the Rome Statute
  2. Prepare and adopt effective national legislation (including the ratification of the Agreement of Privileges and Immunities of the ICC) to implement the Rome Statute in national systems, thus making operative the principle of complementarity, and ensuring full cooperation with the ICC.
  3. Protect the integrity of the Rome Statute, promote the enforcement of the decisions of the ICC and boost the international community’s engagement to fighting impunity.
  4. Fight impunity in situations and cases not addressed by the ICC, by reforming, strengthening and financing adequately national justice, preventative, and restorative mechanisms.
  5. Promote the universal ratification and domestic implementation of the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute adopted by the 2010 Review Conference, especially those concerning the crime of aggression.
  6. Increase the level of awareness and understanding of the new system of international justice among MPs and their constituencies with the view of maximising the deterrent impact of ICC interventions, and of reinforcing the creation and respect of the rule of law worldwide.

PGA works around the world in national parliaments, in numerous regional parliaments and multilateral fora. See Map of Work.

The PGA ICC Campaign has as fundamental principles the respect of international human rights standards, the protection of victims, and the mainstreaming of gender justice.

Since 2009, PGA has also increased its focus of action to emphasise the parliamentary mobilisation to strengthen the rule of law at the domestic level –in war-torn societies in particular those under examination and investigation by the ICC– and at the international level –through the impartial, fair, transparent and timely intervention of the Security Council in situations where the most serious international crimes have been committed.

Since the II half of 2013, the International Law and Human Rights Programme of PGA started to work on setting up a global parliamentary platform for the abolition of the death penalty.

Past Convenors

  • Mr. Coskun Coruz, MP (The Netherlands)
  • Sen. Alain Destexhe (Belgium)
  • Sen. Marita Perceval (Argentina)
  • Sen. Raynell Andreychuck (Canada)
  • Dip. Margarita Stolbizer (Argentina)

The work of the ILHR Programme is central to the attainment of PGA's vision, namely to contribute to the creation of a rules-based international order, for a more equitable, safe and democratic world.

PGA’s vision is to contribute to the creation of a Rules-Based International Order for a more equitable, safe and democratic world.

Latest Activity

6th Meeting of PGA’s Working Group on the Universality of the Rome Statute of the ICC in the Middle East and North Africa While most Governments in the (MENA) Region have expressed support for the ICC and the fight against impunity for crimes under international law, few have taken the necessary steps to ratify or accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal CourConsultations on the fight against impunity and the ratification of the Rome Statute by CameroonFrom 6 to 8 October, PGA conducted a field mission in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in the framework of the PGA Campaign for the Universality and Effectiveness of the Rome Statute system to generate political will for the fight against impunity Sub-Regional Working Group on Challenges for the Effectiveness of the Rome Statute system in the AmericasCampaign Launched to Protect the Integrity of the Rome StatuteKinshasa Workshop on the obstacles to the fight against impunity complementarity projectPGA together with Réseau Parlementaire pour les Droits de l’Homme (Repadhoc) organized a workshop where 60 MPs from DRC discussed the challenges of putting an end to impunity for those allegedly responsible for the commission of international crimes in thRegional Asia Pacific Parliamentary Workshop to Promote Signature and Ratification of the Arms Trade TreatyThe Arms Trade Treaty was adopted on 2 April 2013 to address the devastating consequences of the inadequate regulation of the international arms trade around the world. To date, it has been signed by 118 countries and ratified by 41 countries.Consultations on the fight against impunity and the ratification of the Rome Statute by Togo 26-27 June, Lomé, TogoOn 26 and 27 June, PGA conducted a field mission in Lomé, Togo, in the framework of the PGA Campaign for the Universality and Effectiveness of the Rome Statute system (PGA ICC Campaign) to generate political will for the fight against impunity.PGA Roundtable on Ending Impunity for International Crimes through Multilateral Interstate CooperationOn the occasion of the 23rd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) that took place from 12-16 of May 2014 at the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria, PGA organized a Round-Table...Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the ICC and the Rule of Law - 8th sessionThe Moroccan Parliament will host from 04-05 December 2014 the 8th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court and the Rule of Law (CAP ICC), a global gathering of legislators focused solely on the ICC and...6th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (IPCI/ICPD)The Sixth International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (IPCI/ICPD) begins on April 23rd in Stockholm, Sweden to promote dialogue among parliamentarians fFirst Annual High-Level Meeting of the “Group of Friends of the ICC” Proposal for an annual high-level meeting in April of the “Group of Friends of the ICC” to highlight the importance of the ICC in relation to accountability, prevention and justice for victims.
 
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