Security Council extends deadline for nominating judges to UN’s Rwanda tribunal
The Security Council today decided to extend the deadline for nominating permanent judges to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) after the number of candidates nominated for the posts fell short of the required minimum.
The unanimous decision to push back the deadline from 23 September to 15 November was conveyed in a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He had earlier informed the Council that the number of nominations received was below the mandated minimum of 22 that the Council should transmit to the UN General Assembly for making the final selection.
The Council created the ICTR, located in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 1994 to prosecute people 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.
The Tribunal may also deal with the prosecution of Rwandan citizens responsible for genocide and other such violations of international law committed in neighbouring States over the same period.