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United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals to be launched in Arusha, Tanzania
The launch of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) Arusha Branch will be marked by a ceremony to be held on Monday, 2 July 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania.
The ceremony will last from 11:00 – 13:00 in the Simba Hall of the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC).
At the ceremony, Mr. Stephen Mathias, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for Legal Affairs, will address guests on behalf of the Secretary-General followed by Mr. Bernard Membe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, a government representative from the Republic of Rwanda, Judge Theodor Meron, President of the MICT and the ICTY, Mr. Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Prosecutor of the MICT and the ICTR, Judge Vagn Joensen, President of the ICTR, Mr. Pascal Besnier, Officer in Charge of the Judicial and Legal Division of the ICTR on behalf of Mr. Adama Dieng, ICTR Registrar. Mr. John Hocking, Registrar of the MICT and the ICTY, will close the ceremony.
The establishment of the MICT is a key step of the Completion Strategies of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It was established by the United Nations Security Council on 22 December 2010 to carry out a number of essential functions of both Tribunals after the completion of their respective mandates and to maintain the legacy of both institutions. The Hague Branch of the MICT will commence functioning on 1 July 2013.
Journalists wishing to attend the ceremony are invited to contact the ICTR via Danford Mpumilwa, e-mail: mpumilwad [at] un.org, mobile: +255 767 444004 or Radu Rosca, e-mail: rosca [at] un.org, mobile: +255 757 852577.
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