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ANC abusing Parliament to defend its indefensible Al Bashir actions

The DA is appalled by how official Parliament communication is being abused in an attempt to mitigate the negative publicity generated by the latest court ruling against the ANC-led government’s failure to uphold the Rule of Law and arrest Al Bashir in 2015. Following the unanimous ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that South…

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ICC Ruling an indictment on ANC Government

Today’s unanimous ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that South Africa had the duty to arrest Omar Al Bashir in June 2015 and failed to adhere to the Rome Statute and the Court’s ruling by not arresting Al Bashir is an indictment on the ANC-led government. This judgement reiterates what the DA has long…

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DIRCO has failed dismally

Note to editors: The following speech was delivered in Parliament today by the DA’s Shadow Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Sandy Kalyan MP, during the Budget Vote on International Relations and Co-operation. The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) places economic growth and investment as a priority. However, on reflection, we have…

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Human rights need to be the guiding principle of our international relations

Note to editors: The following speech was delivered in Parliament today by the DA’s Shadow Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Stevens Mokgalapa MP, during the Budget Vote on International Relations and Co-operation. Today, as we mark the 54th anniversary of the AU, we salute the founding fathers and visionary leaders of the African continent….

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DA welcomes withdrawal of the Rome Statute Repeal Bill

The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the decision today by Cabinet to withdraw the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Bill [B 23 – 2016]. The DA believes that in light of the recent High Court decision, and now the decision of Cabinet to withdraw this Bill, that we should all take…

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ANC has failed to uphold human rights

Note to editors: The following speech was delivered in Parliament today by the DA’s Shadow Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Stevens Mokgalapa MP, during the debate on Xenophobia. Thank you Madam Speaker, The Democratic Alliance condemns any act of xenophobia, along with any form of discrimination. We support South Africa’s role as a continental…

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DA lays criminal charges for government-aided Al-Bashir escape

Note to Editors: The following remarks were made by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, outside the Cape Town Central Police Station today. The Leader laid criminal charges against several members of Cabinet, the SAPS, Hawks, the NPA and senior government officials for their unconstitutional actions in allowing warlord, Omar al-Bashir, to flee the country.    Today the Democratic…

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BOKAMOSO | ICC: South Africans must insist on membership

Now is the time for South Africans to stand together and make a clear, collective call for continued membership of the International Criminal Court. Membership signals a country’s commitment to human rights and protects citizens from leaders who become enemies of their people. South Africa’s membership currently hangs in the balance. We must seize the…

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ICC judgement: ANC government must rethink the wisdom of ICC withdrawal

The DA welcomes the judgement handed down this morning by the North Gauteng High Court confirming that the ANC-led government’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was unconstitutional, irrational and procedurally flawed. This is a victory for the rule of law the and indeed for our country’s human rights-based foreign policy which Zuma and…

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