At the end of 2018, Sweden contributed over €970,000 to the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC). This contribution is the third and final installment in a three-year funding arrangement between the government of Sweden, represented by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the ICC/TFV (2016 – 2018) for the total amount of SEK 30 million (equivalent to approximately €3 million).
“The Trust Fund for Victims plays a crucial role in focusing on the needs of victims of atrocity crimes. While nothing can compensate the suffering caused to victims, recognizing and addressing material, physical and psychological needs are important steps in advancing justice and reconciliation. With this contribution, Sweden reaffirms its commitment to victims through the Trust Fund's reparation and assistance programmes.”
H.E Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation
and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden
“Sweden stands out considerably when it comes to the call for humanity as our biggest donor. The TFV is grateful for the tremendous support received from Sweden through Sida and its commitment to make justice a meaningful reality. The TFV looks forward to continue and build on this tremendously important partnership in the coming years.”
Felipe Michelini, Board Chair, Trust Fund for Victims
Sweden has contributed over €8.2 million in unrestricted voluntary contributions since 2006, which makes it the TFV’s single largest donor.
The partnership between Sida and the ICC/TFV dates back to 2011 when Sida made a first contribution of SEK 10 million (equivalent to approximately over €1 million). With the support of Sida’s contributions, the TFV has been able to implement projects providing physical and psychological rehabilitation and material support to victims in both northern Uganda and eastern DRC. Demonstrating its commitment to enable the provision of reparative justice to victim survivors of the most serious crimes, Sida and TFV entered into a three-year agreement (2012-2015) for a total amount of SEK 36 million (approximately €3.6 million). This partnership was continued in a next three-year multi-annual funding arrangement (2016–2018) with a value of SEK 30 million (approximately €3 million).
In 2002, the TFV was established under the Rome Statute, in order to support recovery and resilience for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.
The mission of the TFV is to respond to the harm resulting from the crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC by ensuring the rights of victims and their families through the provision of reparation and assistance programmes for them to return to a dignified and contributory life within their communities.