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Australia Hosts Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar on the ICC
08 Aug 2007
On the occasion of ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo's visit to Australia from August 5-11, 2007, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) took the opportunity to host a one-day regional seminar on the ICC in Canberra to promote the ICC in the Asia-Pacific region and to espouse the potential benefits that ratification or accession may bring in terms of enhancing peace and security and furthering the rule of law in the region. The 65 participants from 16 countries included ministers and senior government officials from Bangladesh, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand and Vietnam. Delegates from like-minded countries like Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and Argentina also attended as well as from NGOs like the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International, the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC)) and prominent legal scholars in Australia. Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Pacific Regional office of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat were invited but were unable to attend.