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New web feature explains the future Residual Mechanism

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The Hague, 16 December 2011
New web feature explains the future Residual Mechanism



The ICTY website launches today a dedicated web feature to provide a better understanding of the role and functions of the future Residual Mechanism of the Tribunal.

The Residual Mechanism will be a unique UN body set up to continue the important work that will need to be carried out once the Tribunal completes its mandate,  and will be responsible for

  • continuing the “jurisdiction, rights and obligations and essential functions” and
  • maintaining the Tribunal’s legacy.

The feature situates the establishment of the Mechanism within the context of the Tribunal’s Completion Strategy. It describes the timeline for setting up the two branches of the Mechanism, which will cover functions inherited from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the ICTY respectively. The feature also explains in detail the limited number of essential functions currently carried out by the ICTY that the Mechanism will take over.

The UN Security Council has requested the ICTY and the ICTR to take ‘all possible measures to expeditiously complete all their remaining work no later than 31 December 2014’. The Mechanism will begin operating on 1 July 2013, meaning that during the initial period of its work, there will be a temporal overlap with the ICTY, which will complete its work on any ongoing cases.

The feature is available in English, French and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and forms part of the ICTY's ongoing efforts to maintain transparency and inform the public about the work of the Tribunal.

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