12 December 2012
The Security Council today extended the term of
office of five judges serving with the United Nations International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to facilitate the completion of the
In a unanimously adopted resolution,
15-member body extended the terms of the following permanent judges until
31 December 2014 or until the completion of the cases to which they are
Mehmet Güney of Turkey,
Khalida Rachid Khan of Pakistan,
Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar,
Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov of Russia, and
Andrésia Vaz of Senegal.
Based in Arusha, Tanzania, the
ICTR was set up after the Rwandan genocide, when at least 800,000 ethnic
Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed during a span of three
months beginning in April 1994.
The Council has urged both the
ICTR and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
(ICTY) to conclude their work by the end of 2014.
It set up the
International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) in December
2010 and mandated it to take over and finish the remaining tasks of the two
tribunals when they are closed after their mandates expire.
The ICTR branch
of the Residual Mechanism began its functions on 1 July, while the branch
for ICTY will start on 1 July 2013.
the Council requested updates on the transition of functions of
the ICTR to the Residual Mechanism,
also urged all States to provide
all needed assistance to the tribunal,
particularly in relation to the
arrest of remaining fugitives.
UN News Service