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The issues at stake in the closure of the international criminal tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR)

1 April 2009
On the occasion of the conference on « The unfinished business of the UN international criminal tribunals of the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda: the future role of the European Union and its member states », organised in the framework of the joint FIDH-REDRESS programme on universal jurisdiction in Europe on 2 April 2009 at the European Parliament in Brussels [1]

, FIDH is publishing a position paper on « The issues at stake in the closure of the international criminal tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR) ».
FIDH presents in this position paper its recommendations to accompany the completion strategy of the ICTY and ICTR:

1) Adapt the 2010 deadline to permit the ad hoc Tribunals to effectively fulfil their mandate

2) Resources to be provided for effective implementation of a work completion strategy

3) Fugitives not to be allowed to escape international justice

4) Work to be carried out, without reservations, to have the facts established and acknowledged

5) A proper transition of assistance to national judicial systems

6) Victims to be put at the centre of the completion strategy

7) Security and accessibility of archives to be guaranteed
Last Update 16 April 2009

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