Chief prosecutor reflects on legacy of UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia

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Serge Brammertz, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT), briefs the Security Council in 2016. Photo: UN/Manuel Elias

Although a UN court has charged more than 160 people for war crimes committed during the Balkan wars, that number is still "very little" considering the thousands of violations that still need to be investigated.

That's the assessment of Serge Brammertz, chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which closes its doors this month after nearly 25 years of service.

The cases he presented included those against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić and army general Ratko Mladić, both of whom were eventually convicted.

Masayoshi Suga asked Mr. Brammertz to reflect on the tribunal's main achievements and the role of international prosecutors overall in maintaining global peace and security.

Duration: 4'27"

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