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  • Trust Fund for Victims' partner in Uganda receives 2017 EU Human Rights Defender Award

    Trust Fund for Victims' partner in Uganda receives 2017 EU Human Rights Defender Award

     On 25 May 2017, on behalf of the Delegation of the European Union, the EU Member States and Norway represented in Uganda, H.E. Henk Jan Bakker, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda, announced Pamela Angwech, Founder & Executive Director of Gulu Women’s Economic Development &Globalization (GWED-G) to be the winner of the 2017 EU Human Rights Defenders Award.

    Ms. Angwech is Founder and Executive Director of GWED-G, the region’s largest grassroots human rights organization, focusing on women and youth. Since its founding in 2004, GWED-G aims to strengthen the capacity of grassroots communities in northern Uganda to become self-reliant agents of change for peace and development through training and education so that they can make effective decisions concerning their rights, health, and development. GWED-G has programme in health, human rights, peace building, economic empowerment and livelihoods, psychosocial support and counselling, research and advocacy.

    “This is great news and congratulations to Pamela and GWED-G for winning the award. A very well-deserved recognition of Pamela’s tireless advocacy and effective leadership in support of victim survivors and to ensure that women and girls have equal rights”, said Pieter de Baan, Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims. He adds, “The Trust Fund for Victims is honoured and proud to have a partnership with GWED-G over the years, as one of our implementing organisations in Uganda.”

    Since 2008, the TFV had indirectly partnered with GWED-G through another organisation, and in 2015, the TFV started a new partnership with GWED-G to implement a project under the assistance mandate in northern Uganda. Under this project, GWED-G provides medical referral (physical rehabilitation), and psychological support to reduce trauma and restore hope of victim survivors of war, and to raise awareness of  community members on preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

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  • Trust Fund for Victims decides to provide $1 million for the reparations awarded to victims in the Katanga case, welcomes earmarked donations of €200,000 from the Netherlands

    Trust Fund for Victims decides to provide $1 million for the reparations awarded to victims in the Katanga case, welcomes earmarked donations of €200,000 from the Netherlands

    Press Release, The Hague, 18 May 2017

    On the second day of its 16th Meeting, occurring from 16 to 18 May 2017, the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (“the Trust Fund” or “TFV”) at the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) decided to provide $1,000,000 USD to pay for the individual and collective awards for reparations ordered by Trial Chamber II in the case of The Prosecutor v. Germain Katanga. This means that the full amount of the costs of the reparations awards ordered by the Trial Chamber on 24 March 2017 will be initially provided by the Trust Fund.  

    “The Rome Statute’s innovative inclusion of the potential to award reparations to victims following a criminal conviction underscores the victim-centred approach of the entire Rome Statute system. As established by the Court, ‘reparations oblige those responsible for serious crimes to repair the harm they caused to the victims’. Reparations therefore are a critical part of the reparative justice afforded to victims under the Rome Statute.

    In light of Mr Katanga’s indigence and while recalling that he nonetheless remains liable for the reparations ordered against him, it is our sincerest hope that the Trust Fund’s complement of $1,000,000 USD to the payment of the awards for reparations will ensure that the victims in the Katanga case receive the real tangible benefits of these awards and that they are received in a timely manner.”

    -          Statement from the Trust Fund’s Board of Directors

     

    The Trust Fund will now present to the ICC judges – by 27 June 2017 – a plan for implementing the individual and collective reparations in this case, describing the projects it intends to then develop.

    The Trust Fund’s resources come mainly from voluntary contributions from States Parties, foundations, and individuals. In order to ensure that it has adequate resources for its assistance mandate activities and to complement the payment of awards for reparations that may be ordered in currently ongoing or future cases, the Trust Fund also solicits and encourages donations specific to ordered awards for reparations, which permit it to avoid depleting its reparations funds reserve.

    Yesterday, 17 May 2017, the government of The Netherlands, a State Party to the ICC and long-time supporter of the Trust Fund, announced that it will make a voluntary contribution of €200,000. This donation is earmarked for the full payment of the individual awards for reparations ($74,250) and to go towards the collective reparations awards (the remaining $925,750) in the Katanga case.

    “The compensation may provide relief to the victims in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have suffered so much already and we cannot have them wait any longer”

    -          Statement from Mr Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

    “The Netherlands earmarked donation to the Katanga case victims help ensure that the reparations awarded to these victim survivors do not remain simply words on a legal document, but instead result in the victim survivors of Mr Katanga’s crimes receiving tangible and meaningful reparations to remedy the harms they have suffered and begin their journey on a path of recovery, healing, and creating a better future for them, their families and their communities. We are grateful to The Netherlands for this important donation and encourage other State Parties to join in making the Rome Statute’s promise of reparations to victims a reality by making a voluntary contribution to the Trust Fund.”

    -          Mr Motoo Noguchi, Chairman of the Trust Fund for Victims Board of Directors

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  • Trust Fund for Victims decides to launch assistance programme in Côte d’Ivoire

    Trust Fund for Victims decides to launch assistance programme in Côte d’Ivoire

    Press Release, The Hague, 16 May 2017

    On the first day of its 16th Meeting, occurring from 16 to 18 May 2017, the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (“the Trust Fund”) at the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) decided to launch a new assistance programme in Côte d’Ivoire to provide physical, psychological rehabilitation and material support for the benefit of victims of crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. The Trust Fund hopes to have ongoing assistance projects in Côte d’Ivoire in 2018 and has obligated 800,000 EUR for this purpose.

    “It is the Trust Fund’s mandate to make a reality the Rome Statute’s unique promise of reparative justice to victim survivors of crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Through its assistance mandate activities, the Trust Fund is also able to contribute to reconciliation. We know that the need for assistance in Côte d’Ivoire is immense and urgent. Today, the Board has taken an important first step towards helping victim survivors in Côte d’Ivoire move beyond the harm that they have suffered to rebuild their lives and to begin the journey of healing, regaining dignity, and creating a better future.”

    -          Trust Fund Board Member Mama Koité Doumbia

    Following the recommendation of the situation country assessment report prepared by the Trust Fund Secretariat, the Board considered it appropriate for the Trust Fund “to provide physical, psychological rehabilitation and material support for the benefit of victims and their families” for victims of crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC in Côte d’Ivoire. The Board also considered it appropriate to explore the possibility of collaborating with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to assist the victims in articulating their views and desires with respect to government-provided reparations programmes.

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  • Trust Fund for Victims Newsletter#3 - May 2017

    Your Excellency,

    Dear Colleagues,

    Dear Friends of the Trust Fund for Victims,

     

    I am proud to present the Trust Fund for Victims’ third newsletter, which provides programme highlights from our assistance mandate, and progress activities related to reparations orders. The newsletter also lists states parties’ contributions received this year,recent events and Victims success stories.

    We are immensely grateful for your contributions and continued support to the Trust Fund for Victims which allows us to provide rehabilitations to victim survivors, their families, and affected communities in situation countries under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us at trustfundforvictims@icc-cpi.int for any questions or visit www.trustfundforvictims.org to learn more about us.

     

    Kind regards,

    Pieter W.I. de Baan

    Executive Director / Directeur exécutif

  • JUSTICE AND HEALING GO TOGETHER

     
     
     
    ICC President Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi with TFV Chair Motoo Noguchi, TFV Board member Mama Koite Doumbia and Pieter de Baan, TFV Executive Director, are welcomed by project beneficiaries during a visit in northern Uganda.
     
     
    An unprecedented high level mission, consisting of the leadership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), is visiting northern Uganda on 27 and 28 February. The VIP delegation consists of ICC President Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, joining at the invitation of TFV Chair Motoo Noguchi accompanied by TFV Board member Mama Koité Doumbia. 
     
    The purpose of the mission is to be informed of the project activities of the Trust Fund for Victims and its local partners in northern Uganda under the TFV’s Assistance Mandate, which allows the TFV, a non-judiciary institution operating next to the ICC, to provide healing services to victims who have suffered harm from the most serious international crimes, regardless of the question who has been the perpetrator of these crimes. In northern Uganda, the Trust Fund for Victims has so far assisted over 45,000 direct victims and over 200,000 indirect beneficiaries (family and community members).  
     
    The VIP delegation visited projects in Gulu and Awach, where the Trust Fund’s locally based implementing partners provide medical and psychological rehabilitation services to victims. 
     
    From meetings with many different beneficiaries, as individuals or in groups, as well as with the TFV’s implementing partners, the delegation comes away with a very positive impression of the rehabilitation of victims as of result of participating in the projects. The delegation also came to realise the tremendous scale of long term mental and physical suffering from the LRA conflict that continues to affect individual victims, their families and communities. The Trust Fund for Victims is therefore continuing its support under the Assistance Mandate, seeking to strengthen its positive collaboration with national and local authorities to further increase the scale and impact of long-term assistance to victims of the LRA conflict in northern Uganda.
     
    The Trust Fund for Victims is active in northern Uganda since 2008 in 18 districts, from Soroti in the East to Adjumani in the West, from the shores of lake Kyoga to the border of South Sudan. Over the years, the TFV has worked with more than 25 locally based partners. At present the TFV is implementing 9 projects with 8 partners. In and around Gulu, these are AVSI, GWED-G, TPO and CVT. To the East, they are NECPA, ADDA, AHS and CCVS.
     
     
    More information about the TFV’s activities at www.trustfundforvictims.org, or write to trustfundforvictims@icc-cpi.int. 
     
  • Mama Koité Doumbia, member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, visits projects under the Assistance Mandate in eastern DRC

    Mama Koité Doumbia, member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, visits projects under the Assistance Mandate in eastern DRC.

    Bunia, 23 February 2017,

    On 22 February 2017, Mama Koité Doumbia, representing the African States at the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC), concluded a two-day official visit to Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The aim is to visit projects under the Trust Fund’s assistance mandate by two implementing partners based in Bunia, Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) and Association des Mamans Anti Bwaki (AMAB).

     

    Mama Koité is accompanied by a TFV delegation  headed by Pieter de Baan, Executive Director of

    the Trust Fund.

    The visit shows Trust Fund’s unique imprint and track record of delivering reparative value to victims and their communities.

    On 21 February 2017, Mama Koité and TFV delegation held meetings with Hon.Dr. Jefferson Abdallah Pene Mbaka, Governor of the Province of Ituri and Mr. Soro Karna, Chef de Bureau, MONUSCO. In the meetings Mama Koité briefed about the Trust Fund’s current work in Ituri including achievements and continued efforts to bring assistance to the most vulnerable victims of crimes under the Rome Statute. The meetings confirmed that collaboration and exchange of information with the authorities as well as with the UN system are key ingredients for the success of the victims-centered projects supported by the Trust Fund.

    Mama Koité stated “I am very pleased and honoured to be in Ituri to demonstrate that the Trust Fund’s Board of Directors is keen to accompany the victims on their road to recovery – and also to accompany our implementing partners in their very important work. The most vulnerable victims and survivors of conflicts are in dire need of assistance to regain their dignity and to rebuild their lives within their communities. My personal assessment from this visit is that the intervention of the Trust Fund through its assistance mandate has been of vital importance to the most vulnerable victims, including children and women, and that it must be continued with the support of our funding partners”.

    Over 230,000 victim survivors in DRC have benefited from the Trust Fund’s assistance mandate – including access to reproductive health services, vocational training, savings and loans initiatives [mutuelles de la solidarite], trauma-based counselling, reconciliation and conflict mediation workshops, reconstructive surgery and more.

    Mama Koité Doumbia was elected in 2015 for a term of three years as a member of TFV Board of Directors representing the African States.

    Pour plus d’informations, veuillez vous adresser à Moureen Lamonge en composant le +31 6 4644 8981 ou en écrivant à l’adresse suivante : trustfundforvictims@icc-cpi.int

    Veuillez consulter le site : www.trustfundforvictims.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • TFV Board: Closure for victims is the true measure of international justice

    TFV Board: Closure for victims is the true measure of international justice

    Press Release, The Hague, 29 November 2016

    The Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) calls upon States, the ICC, civil society, and all the world’s citizens to find the will power and resources to ensure that international justice is delivered to victims: not only in the court room, but also in their homes, and in their communities.

    The Rome Statute’s purpose is to close the impunity gap for the most serious international crimes. While closing the impunity gap is truly an ambition of universal value, on its own it is insufficient. The Rome Statute system must equally strive to close the “victims gap”. International crimes have a profound impact, including massive and debilitating suffering of individuals, families and entire societies. This harm must be met with a reparative response that is respectful of the fragility, the dignity and the resilience of victims, enabling them to overcome the harm that they have suffered and to rebuild their lives. 

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  • Trust Fund for Victims: ICC withdrawals are a deplorable setback for victims

    Trust Fund for Victims: ICC withdrawals are a deplorable setback for victims

    Press Release, The Hague, 28 October 2016

    The five members of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the ICC express their grave concern about the recently announced withdrawals from the Rome Statute.

    “Withdrawals are a deplorable setback for victims of the most heinous crimes such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity affecting the most vulnerable, such as children and women.

    “Not only a setback for those victims who happen to be in ICC situation countries, but for all victims around the world, for whom the Rome Statute’s universal promise of reparative justice risks becoming a more distant prospect.

    “Withdrawals weaken the fight against impunity, invariably at the expense of the rights and well-being of victims of international crimes.”

    “The protection and dignity of human lives depend on the rule of law, and in particular the Rome Statute’s determination to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of crimes of the most serious concern to the international community.”

    The Board recalls the inspiring moral leadership of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was elected to the first, pioneering Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, representing the African States group in his personal capacity.

    In his own words: “We want to recognize those who over the several years have been the faceless ones, the ones who have been side-passed, and so in that process, help to heal trauma, help to heal wounded communities, help to make whole what was broken.”

    The current Board views ICC withdrawals as creating the risk of a hazardous relapse, sidelining victims and their communities.

    The TFV Board of Directors respectfully submits that being an ICC State Party does not only mean being a part of global efforts to prevent and punish international crimes, but also being an advocate for the Rome Statute’s unprecedented mechanisms of reparative justice to provide meaningful redress to victims. The Board urges all States Parties to remain an active and integral partner in the fight against impunity and in the delivery of reparative justice.      ***

    Under its assistance mandate, the TFV has reached over 300,000 victims, with modest means originating from voluntary contributions and donations. The TFV has worked with over 30 locally based partners employing hundreds of African professionals, including physicians, psychologists, educational specialists, agronomists, micro-credit specialists, and more. Community leaders and local government agencies play a crucial role in ensuring and boosting lasting results of the TFV’s assistance programmes. The TFV is currently embarking on its mandate to implement Court-ordered reparations in a growing number of ICC cases, thus providing further tangible meaning to victims of the notion of reparative justice.

    The activities and programmes of the TFV are designed to be victim-owned, trauma-sensitive, gender-sensitive as well as mindful of the complex conflict and post-conflict situations in which victims and their communities are overcoming the harm they suffered.

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    Trust Fund for Victims, Board of Directors

    Motoo Noguchi (Japan), Chair

    Mama Koité Doumbia (Mali)

    Baroness Arminka Helić (United Kingdom)

    Felipe Michelini (Uruguay)

    Alma Taso Deljković (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

     

    Executive Director - Pieter de Baan

  • Dr. Denis Mukwege visits TFV/ICC - The rehabilitation and de-stigmatisation of victim survivors of sexual violence

    Dr. Denis Mukwege at the Trust Fund for Victims: The rehabilitation and de-stigmatisation of victim survivors of sexual violence – a soap story

    The Hague, 26 September 2016

     

    In a meeting with staff and management of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) in The Hague, Dr Denis Mukwege praised the impressive results achieved by the TFV and its implementing partner BEATIL-ALT in support of victims of sexual violence, through association with the Panzi hospital in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Following surgery and other medical treatment at Panzi hospital, victim survivors of gender based and sexual violence (SGBV) receive much needed psychological care and socio-economic support.  According to Dr Mukwege, “these are the three main pillars of support for victim survivors to achieve the transformation from being a victim, towards becoming well-regarded members of their families and communities again.”

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  • Latest Newsletter - Boosting capacity, increasing presence to deliver reparative value to victims

    Your Excellency,

    Dear Colleagues,

    Dear Friends of the Trust Fund for Victims,

     

    I am proud to present the Trust Fund for Victims’ second newsletter, which provides programme highlights from our assistance mandate, and progress activities related to reparations orders. The newsletter also lists total contributions received this year, recent events and details of Board of Directors annual meeting.

    We are immensely grateful for your contributions and continued support to the Trust Fund for Victims which allow us to provide rehabilitations to victim survivors, their families, and affected communities in situation countries under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us at trustfundforvictims@icc-cpi.int for any questions or visit www.trustfundforvictims.org to learn more about us.

     

    Kind regards,

    Pieter W.I. de Baan

    Executive Director / Directeur exécutif

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