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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.

ICC Campaign Map

PGA ICC Campaign for the Effectiveness and Universality of the Rome Statute: View Map

PGA's Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the ICC and the Rule of Law - 8th Session

PGA's Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the ICC and the Rule of Law - 7th Session

Calendar of the International Law and Human Rights Programme

Gallery of Photos of the International Law and Human Rights Programme

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

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

 
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