ICTR: British Foreign Office Minister Visits Tribunal

The British Foreign Office Minister H.E. Henry Bellingham on Tuesday 24 May 2011  paid a one-day  official visit to the Tribunal during which he held official talks with senior officials of the ICTR.

During  his  visit,  the  Minister,  whose  delegation included, H.E. Diane Corner,  the British High Commissioner to Tanzania and Mr. Nicholas Hopton, the  Head  of  the  British  Foreign  Office’s  International Organisations Department  met  with the President of the ICTR, Judge Dennis Byron and Mr. Hassan  Bubacar  Jallow,  the   Prosecutor,  as   well  as  with Mr. Pascal Besnier, the Deputy Registrar.

President  Byron  and Justice Jallow thanked the British Government for its unwavering support to the work of the ICTR. They also briefed the Minister on the current developments at the ICTR and in particular on the Tribunal’s Completion  Strategy  and  the  establishment of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

H.E.  Bellingham hailed and commended the work of the Tribunal in promoting international criminal justice and fighting the culture of impunity as well as bringing to justice those who played a leading role in the commission of the crimes of genocide in Rwanda.

H.E.  Bellingham  also  took  time  to  visit  the United Nations Detention Facility  (UNDF), where  he  was received, taken around and briefed by Mr. Saidou Guindo, the Facility’s Commander.