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  • ICC President meets with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican

    Press Release: 18.09.2017

    The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, was received by His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday 15 September 2017. Board member of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), Felipe Michelini, joined the delegation on the visit to the Vatican.

    President Fernández briefed His Holiness on the Court’s achievements and challenges in fighting impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. She underlined that that the Court´s mandate is not only intended to bring perpetrators of these crimes before justice but also seeks to ensure a voice to victims in the proceedings as well as an opportunity for them to seek reparation for the harm suffered.

    President Fernández thanked Pope Francis for his leadership to support peace, development and the protection of those most vulnerable, goals to which the Court also sought to contribute through its justice efforts. She explained that the Court has come far during 15 years of operations, with investigations in nine countries and several cases finished or on trial for crimes such as the recruitment of child soldiers, sexual violence in conflict, attacks against the civilian population and the destruction of cultural and religious property. She also referred to the thousands of victims participating in proceedings or seeking reparation, and hundreds of thousands of people having benefitted from psychological and medical rehabilitation and socio-economic projects developed by the TFV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

    At the same time President Fernández referred to the current challenges to global values and stressed that enhancing the universality of the Rome Statute – the founding treaty of the Court – was essential to consolidate the Court and strengthen its capacity to address all crimes and protect all victims in an equal manner. She recognised the contributions of the Holy See to the creation of the Court as well as the support of the Catholic Church for its activities as well as those of TFV, and encouraged the Holy See to consider becoming a party to the Rome Statute in order to assist in fostering the universality of the system.

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  • Trust Fund for Victims submits draft implementation plan for reparations in the Katanga case

    Press Release 26 July 2017

    On 25 July 2017, The Trust Fund for Victims (“the Trust Fund”) at the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) presented to ICC Trial Chamber II a draft implementation plan for individual and collective reparations according to the order for reparations against Germain Katanga.

    The draft plan describes the proposed activities that the Trust Fund intends to implement for the individual and collective reparations awards, both to the benefit of the 297 victims identified by the Trial Chamber. The plan is a result of extensive consultations with the Legal representatives of victims, the authorities in Ituri and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the Defence counsel for Mr Katanga. 

    Before making a decision on the plan, the Trial Chamber will receive observations by the legal representatives of victims and the Defense counsel for Mr Katanga, which are to be filed by 4 September 2017. The Trust Fund also suggested to the Trial Chamber to solicit observations on the draft plan from the government of the DRC.

    “Submitting the draft plan is an important step towards making a concrete and tangible reality the ICC’s unique promise of delivering meaningful reparative justice to victims through reparations. The reparations programme is designed based on the judicial measures undertaken to remedy the harm that the victims suffered from Mr Katanga’s crimes.”

               -        Mr Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the Trust Fund for Victims Board of Directors  

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  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - TRUST FUND FOR VICTIMS’ DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR REPARATIONS IN THE KATANGA CASE

    On 25 July 2017, the Trust Fund for Victims submits its draft implementation plan with respect to Trial Chamber II’s order for reparations of 24 March 2017 in the Katanga case. In its order for reparations, the Trial Chamber ordered awards for reparations to 297 identified victims, comprised of an individual symbolic compensation award of $250 to each victim and four collective awards to all identified victims in the form of housing assistance, education assistance, income generating activities, and psychological rehabilitation. 

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  • Questions & Answers on the Trust fund for Victims’ Draft Implementation Plan for reparations in the Katanga Case – 25 July 2017

    WHAT IS THE DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN?

    On 25 July 2017, the Trust Fund for Victims (Trust Fund) submitted the draft implementation plan (DIP) for reparations in the Katanga case, as ordered by Trial Chamber II on 24 March 2017. The Trial Chamber previously granted the Trust Fund an extension for the filing of the DIP. The DIP describes the projects and services that the Trust Fund intends to implement for the individual and collective awards ordered by the Trial Chamber. The DIP includes concrete information and detailed descriptions of the modalities, proposed activities and costs entailed.

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  • Trust Fund for Victims mourns passing of Simone Veil

    Trust Fund for Victims mourns passing of Simone Veil

    Press Release: The Hague, 03 July 2017 

    With deep regret, the Board of Directors, management and staff of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court note the passing of Madame Simone Veil on Friday 30 June2017.

    Madame Veil was the first ever Chair of the TFV Board of Directors. She is mourned as an indefatigable, impatient and uncompromising voice for the sake of victims of the most serious crimes.

    On behalf of the current TFV Board of Directors, Chair Motoo Noguchi stated, “Madame Veil has been an inspiration for many generations of advocates for the oppressed and the disenfranchised.  Her personal experience as a survivor of the Holocaust, her moral fortitude and her pioneering professional accomplishments made her election to the first TFV Board of Directors, as well as her appointment as its first Chair, a most compelling expression of the Rome Statute’s unprecedented ambition to recognise the suffering of victims and in particular, of the right of victims to overcome their harm and to regain their dignity and hope. In further building and promoting the Trust Fund for Victims as a global beacon of reparative justice for victims, we, the current members of the Board, are ever more strongly mindful of her legacy.”

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  • Trust Fund for Victims' partner in Uganda receives 2017 EU Human Rights Defender Award

    Trust Fund for Victims' partner in Uganda receives 2017 EU Human Rights Defender Award

     On 25 May 2017, on behalf of the Delegation of the European Union, the EU Member States and Norway represented in Uganda, H.E. Henk Jan Bakker, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda, announced Pamela Angwech, Founder & Executive Director of Gulu Women’s Economic Development &Globalization (GWED-G) to be the winner of the 2017 EU Human Rights Defenders Award.

    Ms. Angwech is Founder and Executive Director of GWED-G, the region’s largest grassroots human rights organization, focusing on women and youth. Since its founding in 2004, GWED-G aims to strengthen the capacity of grassroots communities in northern Uganda to become self-reliant agents of change for peace and development through training and education so that they can make effective decisions concerning their rights, health, and development. GWED-G has programme in health, human rights, peace building, economic empowerment and livelihoods, psychosocial support and counselling, research and advocacy.

    “This is great news and congratulations to Pamela and GWED-G for winning the award. A very well-deserved recognition of Pamela’s tireless advocacy and effective leadership in support of victim survivors and to ensure that women and girls have equal rights”, said Pieter de Baan, Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims. He adds, “The Trust Fund for Victims is honoured and proud to have a partnership with GWED-G over the years, as one of our implementing organisations in Uganda.”

    Since 2008, the TFV had indirectly partnered with GWED-G through another organisation, and in 2015, the TFV started a new partnership with GWED-G to implement a project under the assistance mandate in northern Uganda. Under this project, GWED-G provides medical referral (physical rehabilitation), and psychological support to reduce trauma and restore hope of victim survivors of war, and to raise awareness of  community members on preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

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  • Trust Fund for Victims decides to provide $1 million for the reparations awarded to victims in the Katanga case, welcomes earmarked donations of €200,000 from the Netherlands

    Trust Fund for Victims decides to provide $1 million for the reparations awarded to victims in the Katanga case, welcomes earmarked donations of €200,000 from the Netherlands

    Press Release, The Hague, 18 May 2017

    On the second day of its 16th Meeting, occurring from 16 to 18 May 2017, the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (“the Trust Fund” or “TFV”) at the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) decided to provide $1,000,000 USD to pay for the individual and collective awards for reparations ordered by Trial Chamber II in the case of The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga. This means that the full amount of the costs of the reparations awards ordered by the Trial Chamber on 24 March 2017 will be initially provided by the Trust Fund.  

    “The Rome Statute’s innovative inclusion of the potential to award reparations to victims following a criminal conviction underscores the victim-centred approach of the entire Rome Statute system. As established by the Court, ‘reparations oblige those responsible for serious crimes to repair the harm they caused to the victims’. Reparations therefore are a critical part of the reparative justice afforded to victims under the Rome Statute.

    In light of Mr Katanga’s indigence and while recalling that he nonetheless remains liable for the reparations ordered against him, it is our sincerest hope that the Trust Fund’s complement of $1,000,000 USD to the payment of the awards for reparations will ensure that the victims in the Katanga case receive the real tangible benefits of these awards and that they are received in a timely manner.”

    -          Statement from the Trust Fund’s Board of Directors

     

    The Trust Fund will now present to the ICC judges – by 27 June 2017 – a plan for implementing the individual and collective reparations in this case, describing the projects it intends to then develop.

    The Trust Fund’s resources come mainly from voluntary contributions from States Parties, foundations, and individuals. In order to ensure that it has adequate resources for its assistance mandate activities and to complement the payment of awards for reparations that may be ordered in currently ongoing or future cases, the Trust Fund also solicits and encourages donations specific to ordered awards for reparations, which permit it to avoid depleting its reparations funds reserve.

    Yesterday, 17 May 2017, the government of The Netherlands, a State Party to the ICC and long-time supporter of the Trust Fund, announced that it will make a voluntary contribution of €200,000. This donation is earmarked for the full payment of the individual awards for reparations ($74,250) and to go towards the collective reparations awards (the remaining $925,750) in the Katanga case.

    “The compensation may provide relief to the victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have suffered so much already and we cannot have them wait any longer”

    -          Statement from Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

    “The Netherlands earmarked donation to the Katanga case victims help ensure that the reparations awarded to these victim survivors do not remain simply words on a legal document, but instead result in the victim survivors of Mr Katanga’s crimes receiving tangible and meaningful reparations to remedy the harms they have suffered and begin their journey on a path of recovery, healing, and creating a better future for them, their families and their communities. We are grateful to The Netherlands for this important donation and encourage other State Parties to join in making the Rome Statute’s promise of reparations to victims a reality by making a voluntary contribution to the Trust Fund.”

    -          Mr Motoo Noguchi, Chairman of the Trust Fund for Victims Board of Directors

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  • Trust Fund for Victims decides to launch assistance programme in Côte d’Ivoire

    Trust Fund for Victims decides to launch assistance programme in Côte d’Ivoire

    Press Release, The Hague, 16 May 2017

    On the first day of its 16th Meeting, occurring from 16 to 18 May 2017, the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (“the Trust Fund”) at the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) decided to launch a new assistance programme in Côte d’Ivoire to provide physical, psychological rehabilitation and material support for the benefit of victims of crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. The Trust Fund hopes to have ongoing assistance projects in Côte d’Ivoire in 2018 and has obligated 800,000 EUR for this purpose.

    “It is the Trust Fund’s mandate to make a reality the Rome Statute’s unique promise of reparative justice to victim survivors of crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Through its assistance mandate activities, the Trust Fund is also able to contribute to reconciliation. We know that the need for assistance in Côte d’Ivoire is immense and urgent. Today, the Board has taken an important first step towards helping victim survivors in Côte d’Ivoire move beyond the harm that they have suffered to rebuild their lives and to begin the journey of healing, regaining dignity, and creating a better future.”

    -          Trust Fund Board Member Mama Koité Doumbia

    Following the recommendation of the situation country assessment report prepared by the Trust Fund Secretariat, the Board considered it appropriate for the Trust Fund “to provide physical, psychological rehabilitation and material support for the benefit of victims and their families” for victims of crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC in Côte d’Ivoire. The Board also considered it appropriate to explore the possibility of collaborating with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to assist the victims in articulating their views and desires with respect to government-provided reparations programmes.

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  • Trust Fund for Victims Newsletter#3 - May 2017

    Your Excellency,

    Dear Colleagues,

    Dear Friends of the Trust Fund for Victims,

     

    I am proud to present the Trust Fund for Victims’ third newsletter, which provides programme highlights from our assistance mandate, and progress activities related to reparations orders. The newsletter also lists states parties’ contributions received this year,recent events and Victims success stories.

    We are immensely grateful for your contributions and continued support to the Trust Fund for Victims which allows us to provide rehabilitations to victim survivors, their families, and affected communities in situation countries under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us at trustfundforvictims@icc-cpi.int for any questions or visit www.trustfundforvictims.org to learn more about us.

     

    Kind regards,

    Pieter W.I. de Baan

    Executive Director / Directeur exécutif

  • JUSTICE AND HEALING GO TOGETHER

     
     
     
    ICC President Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi with TFV Chair Motoo Noguchi, TFV Board member Mama Koite Doumbia and Pieter de Baan, TFV Executive Director, are welcomed by project beneficiaries during a visit in northern Uganda.
     
     
    An unprecedented high level mission, consisting of the leadership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), is visiting northern Uganda on 27 and 28 February. The VIP delegation consists of ICC President Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, joining at the invitation of TFV Chair Motoo Noguchi accompanied by TFV Board member Mama Koité Doumbia. 
     
    The purpose of the mission is to be informed of the project activities of the Trust Fund for Victims and its local partners in northern Uganda under the TFV’s Assistance Mandate, which allows the TFV, a non-judiciary institution operating next to the ICC, to provide healing services to victims who have suffered harm from the most serious international crimes, regardless of the question who has been the perpetrator of these crimes. In northern Uganda, the Trust Fund for Victims has so far assisted over 45,000 direct victims and over 200,000 indirect beneficiaries (family and community members).  
     
    The VIP delegation visited projects in Gulu and Awach, where the Trust Fund’s locally based implementing partners provide medical and psychological rehabilitation services to victims. 
     
    From meetings with many different beneficiaries, as individuals or in groups, as well as with the TFV’s implementing partners, the delegation comes away with a very positive impression of the rehabilitation of victims as of result of participating in the projects. The delegation also came to realise the tremendous scale of long term mental and physical suffering from the LRA conflict that continues to affect individual victims, their families and communities. The Trust Fund for Victims is therefore continuing its support under the Assistance Mandate, seeking to strengthen its positive collaboration with national and local authorities to further increase the scale and impact of long-term assistance to victims of the LRA conflict in northern Uganda.
     
    The Trust Fund for Victims is active in northern Uganda since 2008 in 18 districts, from Soroti in the East to Adjumani in the West, from the shores of lake Kyoga to the border of South Sudan. Over the years, the TFV has worked with more than 25 locally based partners. At present the TFV is implementing 9 projects with 8 partners. In and around Gulu, these are AVSI, GWED-G, TPO and CVT. To the East, they are NECPA, ADDA, AHS and CCVS.
     
     
    More information about the TFV’s activities at www.trustfundforvictims.org, or write to trustfundforvictims@icc-cpi.int. 
     
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