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The Hague, 15 July 2011
ICTY Marks Inaugural International Criminal Justice Day
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, will mark the inaugural International Criminal Justice Day on 17 July, a day dedicated to celebrating the development and achievements of international criminal justice institutions.
17 July marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The purpose of the commemorative day is to celebrate the steps taken by the international community towards reaching the common goal of global justice and to foster dialogue among supporters of international justice around the world.
On the occasion of the first International Criminal Justice Day, the Tribunal’s President, Judge Patrick Robinson, reflected on the ICTY’s pioneering role in the development of the international criminal justice system: “By pausing on International Criminal Justice Day to reflect on the advancements made in the field, it is a chance to both celebrate the achievements of the ICTY and raise awareness about its pioneering contributions to the wider cause of international justice.”
Commenting on the perpetual value and symbolism of the International Criminal Justice Day, the Tribunal’s Registrar, Mr. John Hocking, said: “In the long run, the International Criminal Justice Day will serve as an annual opportunity to highlight and reflect on the Tribunal’s work and achievements, its impact on the communities in the former Yugoslavia, and its enormous contribution to the development of international justice.”
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