Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 November 2008

Tanzania / Roundtable Discussion on International Cooperation




Tanzania / Roundtable Discussion on International Cooperation


DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, November 28, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Prosecutors of the ICTR, ICTY, SCSL, ECCC, ICC and representatives from national prosecuting authorities, NGOs and civil society met in Arusha, Tanzania from 26 – 28 November 2008.


Together they renewed their commitment to actively collaborate with one another to ensure that there are no gaps in the struggle against impunity, that no safe havens remain for suspects of international crimes, and that any work left over from the mandates of the international tribunals is efficiently undertaken by national systems.


To ensure this, they commit themselves to taking the necessary steps to :


· Encourage Member States to proceed with the incorporation of

international crimes within domestic legislation;


· Encourage Member States to harmonise their respective national Rules

of Procedures and Evidence with those of the international tribunals when dealing with international crimes;


· Pursue the establishment of a universal framework for extradition in

respect of international crimes;


· Establish a network of international prosecutors, national

prosecuting authorities and NGOs to facilitate interaction, exchange of information and sharing of best practices;


· Establish a regime for the protection and support of victims

providing not only physical protection, but also medical and psychological support. Such a regime should continue to operate after the closure of the ad hoc tribunals;


· Recommend to national prosecuting authorities to integrate

gender-based crimes into their strategy for the investigation and prosecution of international crimes;.


· Establish a mechanism for national prosecuting authorities to secure

timely and effective access to the information resources of the international tribunals upon their closure.




SOURCE : International Criminal Court (ICC)


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