Mechanism for Rwanda and former Yugoslavia tribunals ready to work

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Judge Theodor Meron. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A legal structure created in 2010 to continue the work of the criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda is ready to work, according to its President.

The Mechanism for the International Tribunals was established by the Security Council to continue working after the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) have completed their mandates.

The tribunals are prosecuting people responsible for war crimes during the Balkan War in the former Yugoslavia and during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Judge Theodor Meron, who is also the President of the ICTY, reported to the Security Council on Wednesday.

"The Mechanism stands ready to adjudicate any appeals from the four trials ongoing at the ICTY. At the same time, different sections of the Mechanism are preparing rosters to allow rapid staff recruitment and are undertaking other measures to ensure readiness in case any of the three remaining ICTR fugitive indictees whose cases have not been referred to Rwanda are arrested."(28")

Judge Meron told the Security Council that next week he will travel to Arusha, Tanzania, where the Mechanism is based, to deliver its first appeal judgment.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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