Recognizing that serious violations of humanitarian law were committed in Rwanda, and acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Security Council created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) by resolution 955 of 8 November 1994.

The purpose of this measure is to contribute to the process of national reconciliation in Rwanda and to the maintenance of peace in the region. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established for the prosecution of persons responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1994.

It may also deal with the prosecution of Rwandan citizens responsible for genocide and other such violations of international law committed in the territory of neighbouring States during the same period.

By resolution 977 of 22 February 1995, the Security Council decided that the seat of the Tribunal would be located in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania.

On the occasion of a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon said on Thursday that the UN had made important lessons from the failure of the international community to respond to the genocide in 1994.
"We always remember the 800,000 innocents who were brutally murdered", Ban said at the opening in New York of the event entitled "Kwibuka 20" with the slogan "Remembrance, Unity, Renewal". Genocide in Rwanda was a historic failure of the community international, who has not responded to the crimes committed.
The Secretary General stressed that the UN has taken a number of lessons from this failure and improved responsiveness since.
"States Member have adopted the responsibility to protect. We have established the Office of the Special Adviser to the United Nations on the Prevention of Genocide" he said. "We have strengthened our capacity for mediation and preventive diplomacy. We have also initiated new efforts to protect civilians on the ground, including the recent political "open" in southern Sudan."
Ban Ki-Moon also highlighted the activities of the International Criminal Court, international tribunals and national courts. "The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, with the cooperation of Rwanda and other states, continues to prosecute people for their alleged role in the genocide", he said.
Ban Ki-Moon urged the people and Government of Rwanda to continue to promote the openness needed for healing and reconciliation and deepen respect for human rights.
However, the Secretary General felt that more needed to be done to fully integrate and apply the lessons learned from the failure of the international community in Rwanda.
He cited the collective inability to prevent atrocities in Syria over the past three years.

Coalition for the International Criminal Court


The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Master on International Criminal Justice created with the Rovira i Virgili University

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom



Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,