The ICTY yesterday welcomed 700 visitors as part of the annual ‘International Day’ organised by the Municipality of The Hague. This event gave the public an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the International City of Peace and Justice, by visiting the Tribunal and other international organisations in the city.
Vice-President of the Tribunal, Judge Carmel Agius opened the event, stating: “For the past five years, the Tribunal has participated in this event with the greatest enthusiasm. The Open Doors Day offers an opportunity to reaffirm our partnership with the City that has been generously hosting us for the past twenty years, as well as a unique occasion to share our work with all of you”.
Highlights of the International Day included an explanation of the role of international judges at the ICTY, by Judges Christoph Flügge and Alphons Orie, and a presentation on the prosecution of sexual violence cases before the ICTY by Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel (Deputy to the Prosecutor and Head of Appeals). Throughout the day, visitors took part in guided tours of a courtroom, watched documentary film screenings and could view material from the ICTY archives. ICTY staff members were on hand to meet the visitors, to answer questions and to present the work and achievements of the Tribunal.
As the completion of its mandate approaches, the Tribunal welcomes opportunities such as The Hague International Day, to promote a greater understanding of its work.