HEADLINE UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia "pioneer" for international justice

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UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia "pioneer" for international justice

United Nations Radio

12:43, December 22, 2017

UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Headquarters in The Hague. (Photo: ICTY)

A tribunal set up to try cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia has been described by the UN chief as "a pioneer" for international criminal justice.

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, made the comment at a ceremony in The Hague to mark the closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, or ICTY.

The Tribunal was established in 1993 and sentenced 90 individuals for their crimes, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Mr. Guterres praised the work of the ICTY.

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SG of the UN Antonio Guterres attended the closing ceremony of ICTY in Hague. (Photo: Christophe Verhellen/ UN)

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(Photo: @antonioguterres)

"The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has been a pioneer in creating the contemporary architecture of international criminal justice. The Tribunal has pushed international expectations of accountability beyond what was anticipated in '93, transforming how we speak about and address situations in which serious international crimes are committed."

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