Editorials and interviews

Roundtable discussion with Members of the Iraqi Council of Representatives

On the occasion of the visit to Brussels of a Delegation of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, No Peace Without Justice and the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty held a roundtable discussion in their headquarters at Rue du Pépin 54, on “Prospects of Iraq-EU Relations”. Speakers included the Hon Sadiq Al Rikabi , Senior Political Advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister, and Hon Safia Al Souhail , member of the Iraqi National Assembly. The meeting provided an opportunity for a discussion between the Iraqi delegation and international NGOs representatives on the prospects of Iraq-EU relations in terms of promotion of human rights, rule of law and justice, civic and democratic culture. Participants highlighted the current challenges faced by Iraq...

The British dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction ten years on

Ten years ago , September 24, 2002, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair presented to the House of Commons the document " The weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq: Assessment of the British Government ". Contrary to what Mr Blair stated that day on the floor of the House, many documents and facts have shown and continue to show that it was not "beyond doubt" that Iraq possessed WMD. In fact, in those very days, UN inspectors' chief Hans Blix was giving a rather different view on this matter, and already by the third of February 2003 they did not confirm the British and American allegations. To mark this date, Marco Pannella , Marco Perduca and Matteo Angioli wrote...

Radical Party statement in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council

United Nations Human Rights Council, XXI session (10-28 September 2012) Item 3 – General Debate Thank you Mr. Chairman. The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty highly values the opportunity to interact with all the UN system of protection of human rights. In particular, we appreciate the appointment of a Special Rapporteur for the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence. We attach great importance to the right to truth as a modern customary human right, stemming from a widespread practice supported by a consistent opinio juris . So far it has been formally applied in at least two courts: in Argentina ( Hairabedian case ) and Brazil ( Lund vs Brazil ). The NRPTT believes that the right to...

Statement by Stephen Plowden for Radio Radicale

Stephen Plowden : If the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) had not put in an application to appeal, they would have had to disclose the information to me by 20 June. They put in their application on 18 June, which was turned down on 26 June. However the FCO can make another application to appeal, this time by applying to a higher court, by 26 July. I am sure the FCO will make this application and will delay making it to the last possible moment. I don't know how long it will take for the application to be considered - perhaps a week or so as last time? My guess is that it will be turned down (I don't think...

Summary of the meetings in London on 3 and 4 July 2012

Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th of July Marco Pannella and Matteo Angioli were in London for a series of meetings, in particular with Stephen Plowden who filed a formal request for information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Before meeting Mr Plowden we were received by the expert and influential Clerk of the House of Commons , Robert Rogers , whose texts and books on the working of Westminster and on parliamentary law and are a reference for scholars and politicians. After that, we met Stephen Plowden, who received us at his place for about an hour. Plowden is a Londoner who used to work as a consultant for the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) and the World...

Decision by a British tribunal to publish the conversation between Bush and Blair

On May 21st, 2012, Judge John Angel issued a decision ordering the publication of parts of a transcript of a phone call between George Bush and Tony Blair which took place in March 2003 shortly after an interview by President Chirac of France was aired on TV. The decision was taken following a request filed by a British citizen, Stephen Plowden , under the Freedom of Information Act provisions. Click here to read the ruling of the tribunal

Summary of the London meeting on 26 January 2012

On Thursday, January 26th, a delegation of the NRPTT travelled to London to meet with two significant Members of the House of Commons and an Iranian director currently working on a documentary of the February 2003 protests against the war in Iraq, a project featuring Sir Richard Branson. The NRPTT delegation was composed of Marco Pannella , Matteo Mecacci (Member of the OSCE Parliament and President of the OSCE Committee on Human Rights), Matteo Angioli (Member of the NRPTT General Council and political researcher to Marco Pannella and Emma Bonino), and Stefano Marrella (Radio Radicale). The first meeting, scheduled at 9.30 AM, with Tony Lloyd (Labour Member for Manchester Central, long time parliamentarian, President of the Labour Members of Parliament...

Interview with Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was Secretary of State for Transport in 1990, Secretary of State for Defence in 1992 and Foreign Secretary in 1995-97. Since 2010 he chairs the UK Intelligence and Security Committee Sir Malcom Rifkind, could you describe your work and the differences with the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC)? I’m a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) is different and it’s part of the government machinery for dealing issues and getting the coordination between the intelligence agencies. My job, I was appointed by the Prime Minister to chair what is called the Intelligence and Security Committee, which has British members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We have been...