ICTY building. Photo: ICTY photos via Flickr (CC)
ICTY building. Photo: ICTY photos via Flickr (CC)

ICTY and MICT Prosecutor Brammertz addresses UNSC: On 7 June, Prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) addressed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), providing an update on ongoing cases and growing challenges facing the Tribunal. The Prosecutor first reported on the trial judgment in the Mladić case, and the appeal judgement for the Prlić et al. case, which are both expected by the end of November 2017, and on the commencement of the Stanišić and Simatović next week. Following an update on the status of other proceedings before the MICT, Brammertz underscored the ongoing commitment of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) to locate and arrest the remaining eight fugitives indicted by the ICTR. He then concluded stressing the OTP’s ongoing efforts to support national prosecutions of war crimes in Rwanda and countries of the former Yugoslavia, underlining the growing revisionism and denial of crimes and calling for urgent attention to the challenge that they pose. “When irresponsible officials use division, discrimination and hate to secure power, conflict and atrocities can gain a logic of their own. That was true two decades ago when the genocide and ethnic cleansing began, and it remains true today. With the closure of the ICTR, and the upcoming closure of the ICTY, it is now more important than ever to address this challenge. To secure a peaceful future, there must be a shared agreement on the recent past,” said Brammertz to the UNSC. (ICTY Press Release)

President Agius addresses UNSC on ICTY completion strategy: On 7 June, ICTY President Carmel Agius also addressed the UNSC, providing his penultimate progress report on the Tribunal’s completion strategy in view of its closure set for 31 December 2017. The President stressed that the ICTY remains on track to complete its mandate by the end of the year and that the remaining judgments are expected to be delivered by the end of November 2017. President Agius also took the opportunity to underscore some significant challenges facing the ICTY requiring the attention of the UNSC. These include Serbia’s non-compliance in the pending contempt case of Jojić et al., in which the Serbian government continues to refuse to execute arrest warrants for the accused, and the continued ICTY staff attrition. President Agius concluded by addressing the importance of establishing a legacy for Tribunal and to ensure its work will continue to have an impact in the future. “No institution can restore what was lost in the Yugoslav wars, or undo the terrible crimes committed during them. The Tribunal has demonstrated, however, that when the international community has the will to co-operate and to stand for what is right, those responsible for the most egregious violations of international humanitarian law can be held to account,” said President Agius. (ICTY Press Release)

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Photo: ECCC via Flickr (CC).
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Photo: ECCC via Flickr (CC).

ECCC makes order on deadline extension for closing briefs in Case 002/02: The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has granted a week extension for the filing of closing briefs in the Case 002/02 against KHIEU Samphan and NUON Chea. The deadline extension, requested by the parties, was granted in view of the ongoing correction and finalization of numerous hearing transcripts by the ECCC Transcription Unit. The closing briefs are now due on 2 May 2017 and closing arguments, previously scheduled for 5 June, have been rescheduled to begin on 13 June 2017. (ECCC Press Release)