OTTAWA, December 2, 2002 ( – Last month the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs played host to an international conference for parliamentarians to promote the International Criminal Court.  Some 100 parliamentarians from 50 countries gathered at the event hosted by the Canadian Parliamentarians for Global Action.

MP Irwin Cotler, a member of the Parliamentarians for Global Action, addressed the House of Commons November 8 to recount the highlights of the meeting.  Cotler noted that the participants adopted the “Ottawa Action Plan for the International Criminal Court, whose centrepiece is the promotion and protection of the independence and integrity of the court from untoward challenges, including the attempt by the United States to immunize its nationals from the jurisdiction of the court, and to seek bilateral immunity agreements for that purpose.”  Jim Hughes, vice-president of International Right to Life and National President of Campaign Life Coalition Canada, expressed concern that the ICC meeting occured only weeks before another Ottawa gathering of some 100 parliamentarians from all over the world to promote abortion.  Both meetings were organized similarly and both were funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.  “Canada once again appears to be at the forefront of the internationalist pro-abortion agenda,” said Hughes.  See related LifeSite coverage:  WORLD’S PRO-ABORTION LAWMAKERS CALL FOR MORE ABORTION   See Cotler’s address from the Hansard:


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