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The Hague, 14 September 2000
The judges of the ICTY acknowledge the right of victims of crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia to seek compensation.
UN invited to consider methods of compensating victims
On Wednesday 13 September 2000, the Judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) resumed and completed their discussions on the right of victims to seek compensation.
This issue had been raised by the Office of the Prosecutor, and the Judges had begun to consider it during the 22nd Plenary Session held in July 2000 (see Press Release No 518 of 17 July).
During their Plenary meeting of 13 September 2000, the Judges approved a Report concluding that "victims of crimes within the Tribunal’s jurisdiction have a legal right to seek compensation for their injuries".
The Tribunal’s President, H.E. Judge Claude Jorda, will recommend to the Security Council and to the Secretary-General "that methods of compensating victims of crimes in the former Yugoslavia, be seriously considered by the appropriate organs of the United Nations".
The Report approved by the Judges thoroughly reviews the issue of compensating the victims, together with the related question of victims’ participation in the proceedings. The Report considers various methods of compensating victims and concludes with practical recommendations.
The full text of this Report will be made public upon receipt by the Security Council and the Secretary-General.
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