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ICTY Roundtable on the enforcement of sentences rendered by the Tribunal begins today
The Tribunal, together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), today began a three day roundtable discussion in The Hague on the enforcement of sentences handed down by the ICTY. Participants include representatives from the Enforcement States, the Tribunal, the ICRC, and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
‘Our meeting this week serves to bolster dialogue between the ICTY and Enforcement States. As the Tribunal nears the end of its mandate, we are working hard to identify new solutions and ways forward in relation to current challenges. We must also ensure that there is complete understanding of the implications of the transition from the ICTY to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, as the latter organisation will soon take over responsibility for the management of enforcement matters’, said Judge Theodor Meron, President of the ICTY.
The roundtable will comprise plenary meetings to allow for general, exploratory discussions and working groups which will consider a number of issues relating to the enforcement of sentences rendered by the ICTY.
Seventeen States have signed an agreement with the ICTY on enforcement of sentences and, to date, ICTY convicts have been transferred to thirteen different States to serve their sentences. The ICRC is tasked with monitoring and inspecting the conditions of detention of persons convicted by the ICTY who are serving their sentences in a number of designated States. More information on enforcement of sentences, including an interactive map can be found on the Tribunal’s website.
As the Tribunal moves towards the end of its mandate, it is preparing for the handover of its key residual functions to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). Responsibility for enforcement of sentences will be transferred to the MICT on 1 July 2013.
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