UN chief saddened by passing of Trinidad and Tobago’s former President

11 April 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the Trinidad and Tobago's former President, A.N.R. (Ray) Robinson, who died on Wednesday at age 87.

“The Secretary-General is saddened by the passing of a champion of international justice and one of the main architects of the International Criminal Court,” said Ban Ki-moon’s Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, in a news statement.

President Robinson is internationally recognized for his proposal, during the 44th session of the UN General Assembly in 1989, to create a permanent court to hear cases involving the international drug trade, which eventually led to the inauguration of the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, Netherlands.

“The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the Robinson family and to the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

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