24 April, 2016

House of Commons - Daesh and Genocide

It has taken a long to come but on 20th April the House of Commons resolved by 278 votes to zero that:

"That this House believes that Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering genocide at the hands of Daesh; and calls on the Government to make an immediate referral to the UN Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court so that perpetrators can be brought to justice."

In February, the European Parliament passed a similar resolution.

The British government,

04 April, 2016

South Atlantic ~ UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf has concluded its 40th session.  The Commission is one of the international bodies established by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea - see United Nations - Oceans and Law of the Sea

The Commission adopted (without a vote) recommendations relating to a submission by Argentina concerning the limits of the continental shelf to the east of Argentina.  However, the Commission also noted that it was not in a position to consider and qualify those parts of the submission that were subject to dispute and those parts that were related to the continental shelf appurtenant to Antarctica (see CLCS/64, paras. 76 and 77 and CLCS/76 para. 57).

British sovereignty