Monday, October 11, 2010
Many of the international criminal tribunals created by the United Nations are outliving their expected life spans and need more funds to complete their work. Representatives from the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia (ICTR and ICTY respectively) pled their case to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, asking for additional funds and other institutional support. President Patrick Robinson of the ICTY presented his 17th address to the UN General Assembly, in which he highlighted the progess that has been made thus far and the continuing challenges face by the ICTY in completing its work. President Robinson called on the Member States to assist the Tribunal in bringing its work to a close in a fair and expeditious manner. According to the latest estimates, all trials at the ICTY should conclude in 2012, with the exception of the Karadic trial, which should be completed towards the end of 2013. The President indicated that all appeals are still scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, again with the possible exception of Karadzic.