Thilanga to visit International Criminal Court in Hague

Thursday, 5 June 2014 01:10 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Colombo District UPFA Parliamentarian Thilanga Sumathipala, Executive Committee Member of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) will be attending the PGA Executive Committee meeting from 5-7 June in Netherlands. Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) is the largest non-governmental, non-partisan international network of elected legislators with approximately 1,100 members in 139 (140 with Honduras) parliaments around the world. PGA is in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations with Headquarters in New York; its office in The Hague, Netherlands fosters cooperation with The Hague-based international organisation, including the International Criminal Court (ICC).  PGA is represented at the domestic level by PGA National Groups in parliaments around the world. Sumathipala will be having an opportunity to meet the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Sang Hyun Song, Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of ICC and Herman Von Hebel, Registrar ICC and will be meeting the Dutch Parliamentarians and  Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The International Criminal Courts (ICC) is the first permanent international institution in the history of human-kind to excise jurisdiction against alleged perpetrators of international crimes and provide justice for victims when States fail to do so. PGA will be finalising at its Board Meeting implementations of its programs and projects on International Law and Human Rights Program Gender, Equality and Population Program
  • Parliamentary Action to Promote and Protect the Rights of Women and Girls
  • Parliamentary Campaign Against Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Parliamentary action to Combat gender based violence Peace and Democracy Program
  • The goal of the Peace and Democracy Program is to promote peace and security and rule of law through mitigation of armed violence and conflict – two important impediments to sustainable development - by active promotion of the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty and thereafter securing further ratifications of/accessions to the ATT and its subsequent implementation.
  • The objective of the Peace and Democracy Program is to ensure that PGA Members worldwide and other concerned legislators are better informed and equipped so as to be able to advocate for the goal as well as play an active role in advocating for, and working towards, signature, ratification and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty.