On 17th July 2014, Courtys (a combination of Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren, part of the VolkerWessels Group) made a donation of € 75,000 to the International Criminal Court Trust Fund for Victims. The donation was made on the occasion of the commemoration of the Day of International Criminal Justice and it was handed over at the construction site of the Court’s new Permanent Premises in The Hague. This amount is a result of both Courtys’ contribution, and its initiative to invite its partners to participate in a joint donation.
Courtys is the contractor for the construction of the new ICC Premises in The Hague. The company took part in the commemoration of 17th July, Day of International Criminal Justice, jointly with the Permanent Premises Project Team of the International Criminal Court and the Trust Fund for Victims. Present at this event were representatives from Courtys’ subcontractors who also contributed to the initiative.
The donation of € 75,000, which is the largest private contribution received by the TFV to date, signals the recognition by the private sector of the importance of the ICC in the fight against impunity, as well as the unique role of the Trust Fund for Victims to address the harm suffered by victims as a result of crimes under jurisdiction of the ICC.
At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London on 10-13 June 2014, the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) participated in a series of high-level events thus ensuring that the rights of victim survivors to rehabilitation assistance and reparations were highlighted as an important focus of the global summit. The TFV delegation included Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the TFV Board of Directors, Pieter de Baan, Executive Director and Kristin Kalla, Senior Programme Officer.
On June 12, the TFV co-sponsored a panel discussion with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence with Assistance and Reparations. The event was attended by close to 100 participants, including President Song of the ICC, and included a welcome on behalf of the TFV Board of Directors by Mr Noguchi and an announcement of the UK’s latest donation of £1 million to the TFV earmarked for sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).
Thursday, 12 June 2014 – The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary William Hague announced a contribution of £ 1 million to the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The contribution is earmarked to assist victims of sexual and gender based violence. The TFV welcomes the latest donation as a sign of the UK’s strong political leadership to end sexual violence in conflict and in particular to support victim survivors and their families with reparations and assistance.
Foreign Secretary Hague made the announcement during the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which is being held in London from 10-13 June 2014.
At a Global Summit fringe event on the topic of supporting victim survivors of sexual violence, co-hosted by the TFV and the UK Foreign Office, Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the TFV Board of Directors, said that the UK’s latest contribution “will give a very strong and welcome push to the ability of the Trust Fund for Victims to support victims of sexual violence, throughout its assistance and reparations programmes.”
The latest contribution by the UK brings the volume of its contributions to the TFV earmarked for SGBV to a total of £ 1.8 million (or, close to €2.2 million). The need to address the effects of the pervasive and widespread practice of sexual violence in conflict, which are felt at the individual, family and community levels, has also been recognised by other donors to the TFV, many of whom have been earmarking their voluntary contributions to the TFV for SGBV victims amounting to €5 million, out of a total of close to € 19 million in total received to date.
The TFV Delegation at the Global Summit is available to engage with the press:
Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the Board of Directors
Pieter de Baan, Executive Director
Kristin Kalla, Senior Programme Manager
Kindly arrange for interviews and further information through Ms Moureen Lamonge at email@example.com
About the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court
With the unique mandates of both implementing Court-ordered reparations awards and the provision of assistance to victims of crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction, the Trust Fund for Victims at the ICC offers key advantages for promoting lasting peace, reconciliation, and wellbeing in war-torn societies.
The TFV fulfils two mandates for victims of crimes under jurisdiction of the ICC:
Reparations: implementing Court-ordered reparations awards against a convicted person when directed by the Court to do so.
Assistance: using voluntary contributions from donors to provide victims and their families in situations where the Court is active with physical rehabilitation, material support, and/or psychological rehabilitation.
Currently, the TFV is providing a broad range of support under its second mandate in northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – including access to reproductive health services, vocational training, trauma-based counselling, reconciliation workshops, reconstructive surgery and more – to an estimated 110,000 victims of crimes under the ICC's jurisdiction. Most of our projects have incorporated both gender-specific and child-specific interventions to support the special vulnerability of women, girls, and boys.
For more information visit: http://www.trustfundforvictims.org.
Following conflict, assistance and reparations programmes are essential in the delivery of justice to survivors of sexual violence, and as part of a healing process for redressing the wounds caused by gross human rights crimes. This is what drives the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court to actively support and participate in the unprecedented Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London during 10-13 June 2014. With the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the TFV will co-host a panel discussion on supporting survivors of sexual violence on June 12.
TFV Chair Motoo Noguchi will attend on behalf of the Board of Directors, accompanied by Pieter de Baan, TFV Executive Director, and by Kristin Kalla, TFV Senior Programme Officer. Ms Kalla is also a technical expert with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) and in this capacity contributed to the development of the draft International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict.
More information on the TFV-FCO panel discussion is here
The Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) convened for its 11th Annual Meeting in The Hague from 18 to 20 March 2014. In this meeting, the Board reviewed the draft TFV Strategic Plan (2014-2017), prepared by the TFV Secretariat, and approved it with some modifications. The Board also approved the TFV’s programme obligations for the next year and decided to increase the Trust Fund’s reparations reserve with an amount of € 1 million to € 3.6 million, out of a total of € 8.4 million available cash resources.
The Trust Fund for Victims’ draft Strategic Plan addresses programme and business strategies, including communication and fundraising, for the next four years. The Plan draws on the TFV’s operational experience of the past six years, as well as on the recommendations from an external programme evaluation in 2013, the development of a comprehensive risk management framework and the results of an online survey. Prior to final adoption by the Board, the draft TFV Strategic Plan is being shared with States Parties and civil society for observations.
The Board noted with satisfaction the findings and recommendations of the first external evaluation of the programmes of the TFV, which was carried out by the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) throughout 2013. The evaluation noted that the TFV has managed a successful translation of theory into practice, with over 110,000 persons in northern Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) benefiting from assistance services. The evaluators observed the benefits of adopting a holistic approach to addressing harm by integrating services available under the TFV assistance mandate and ensuring that the specific circumstances of victims, their families and their communities were addressed. The Board welcomed the recommendations of the external evaluation having been addressed in the TFV draft Strategic Plan for 2014-2017.
The Board noted with appreciation a substantial increase of voluntary contributions by States Parties, reaching an unprecedented level of almost € 4.5 million in 2013 and looking to continue to be strong in 2014. The Board confirmed their intent to further broaden and strengthen the TFV’s support base amongst States Parties and to support engagement with private institutional donors.
During the session on the TFV programmes, the Board approved the project extensions in DRC and northern Uganda with a total value of € 1.9 million and decided to maintain the resources reserved for Central African Republic (€ 610,000). The Board furthermore endorsed the plan to expand the TFV’s activities to other ICC situation countries. Assessment missions to Kenya and Cote d‘Ivoire are foreseen in 2014-2015, with the exact time schedule yet to be determined.
To support the TFV’s strategic ambitions and operational capacity, including in regard of future invitations to implement Court-ordered reparations awards, the Board recognised the need to strengthen the TFV Secretariat in the areas of systems development, programme management, communication and fundraising.
The TFV Board of Directors highly valued the messages of appreciation and support in the official addresses of the President of the Assembly of States Parties, the Court’s President, Prosecutor and Registrar and of civil society organisations, which can be retrieved through the links below.
The Registrar’s active participation, in an advisory capacity, in key sessions of the meeting underscored the shared belief that both the TFV and the ICC stand to benefit from a constructive and open collaborative partnership.
The Hague - On 6 May 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced his Government’s decision to make a first voluntary contribution to the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC. According to the Government of Japan, the contribution is approximately €600,000 of which € 400,000 is earmarked for victims of sexual and gender based violence. The TFV Board of Directors appreciates the contribution as reflecting Japan’s strong advocacy for international criminal justice and to provide assistance to most vulnerable victims.
At a gathering of the North Atlantic Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Brussels, Prime Minister Abe underscored Japan’s dedication to international cooperation in the area of women, peace and security. “I am deeply saddened by the reoccurrence of situations where women suffer both physically and mentally in conflicts, even in the international community of this 21st century. In this context, the Japanese Government attaches great importance to the role of the International Criminal Court. It is therefore my great pleasure to hereby announce Japan's contribution to the Trust Fund for Victims.”
Mr. Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the TFV Board of Directors, noted his delight at the first and important contribution of the Japanese Government to the Trust Fund and he expressed the Board’s wish that this engagement would develop into a long-standing partnership, stating that “this contribution will pave a way for more and more State Parties, from Asia and other regions, to support the Trust Fund morally, politically, and financially”.
The press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan can be found
The Board of Directors and Secretariat of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) are saddened to learn about the passing away of former Board member President Arthur Robinson. Former President Robinson of Trinidad and Tobago is widely acknowledged to have played a crucial role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC). President Robinson’s commitment to the innovative reparative justice dimension of the Rome Statute found expression in his membership of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, during 2006-2009, representing the group of Latin American and Caribbean States Parties.
March 28, 2014, The Hague - In March 2014, Ms. Kalla received the 2014 UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Hall of Fame Award. The University of California, Los Angeles established this award in 2002 to honor alumni with outstanding career accomplishments in the field of public health, as well as those who have volunteered time and talent in their communities in support of public health activities. Inductees exemplify the Fielding School's commitment to teaching, research and service.
Commitment to community and human rights were highlighted in the achievements of the 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees, all of whom exemplify the UCLA’s commitment to teaching, research and service.
States Parties have come out in strong support of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) during their 12th Assembly, held from 20 to 28 November in The Hague. The TFV received pledges for voluntary contributions, including multi-annual funding, in regard of both the TFV's assistance and reparations mandates with a total value of over 6.5 million euros. During the Assembly's plenary sessions, participants expressed their appreciation of the Fund’s achievements in addressing the harm suffered by victims of international crimes, as well as their support to the further development of the TFV as the Rome Statute's agency to achieve reparative justice for victims.
Sweden announced a three year agreement with the TFV of in total SKr 36 million (ca. 4.2 million euros), which is the largest single contribution received by the TFV so far. The Netherlands are providing 1 million euros, again doubling their previous year's contribution. Germany announced the highest single contribution to date, 900,000 euros, to be earmarked for the TFV's reparations reserve, which is meant to complement eventual Court-ordered awards to victims. The United Kingdom announced a second contribution in 2013 of £300,000, bringing their support this year to £800,000 and their total contributions to the TFV to £1.8 million.
The following States confirmed (further) contributions to the TFV: Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Republic of Korea and Spain.
During the plenary debate on victims on 22 November 2013, Chair of the TFV Board Motoo Noguchi highlighted the TFV’s accumulation of experience over the past five years: “We are in the process of establishing workable, effective and efficient mechanisms to address the harm suffered by victims.” He stressed the need to further develop the TFV‘s outreach and communications capacity, in order to strengthen the Fund’s participatory approach to engage with victims and affected communities.
Excerpts of statements made by States and civil society organizations, reflecting their political and moral support to the TFV’s reparative justice mandates, follow below.
Sweden: “Victims’ rights are an essential element in the Rome Statute. Expectations for rehabilitation and reparations to victims will grow by the number of cases before the Court. Therefore the resources of the Trust Fund for Victims must be increased. I am pleased to announce a new substantial Swedish contribution to the Fund for three years (2013-2015) on a total amount of 36 million SEK or approximately 4 million EUR.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans of The Netherlands: "We have a duty as human beings to all victims of international crimes. That's why today I want to say that The Netherlands will support the Trust Fund for Victims with a contribution of 1 million euros." He further stressed that, next to the prosecution of perpetrators by the ICC, it is important to take care of the victims and, wherever possible, to restore their dignity.
Germany: “The Trust Fund for Victims plays a crucial role in fulfilling the promise of the Rome Statute to give a voice also to the victims. With the Court’s first sentence in the Lubanga case, the Trust Fund’s further mandate - reparations for victims - has also been activated. In recognition of the Trust Fund’s noteworthy achievements, Germany will be making this year a donation of € 900,000 to the Trust Fund for Victims – earmarked for reparations to the victims in the cases before the ICC.”
Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that the United Kingdom is contributing another £300,000 to the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) this year. This brings the total of UK contributions to the TFV since 2011 to £1.8 million. According to Foreign Secretary Hague, "This will enable the Fund to help survivors of some of the worst atrocities of the past two decades to rebuild their lives and their communities. Recipients of the Fund include survivors of acts of sexual violence committed in conflict. I am determined that the international community does more to hold the perpetrators of these crimes to account. But we must also all do more to help the survivors of these abhorrent crimes. I have already called for more support, including to the Trust Fund, from some of the world’s leading economies at the G8 meeting in April. I will repeat this call at the international summit on sexual violence in conflict that I will host in London next year.”
“Italy wishes to emphasize the central role played by the “Trust Fund for Victims” established by the Statute and to which Italy has contributed 40.000 Euros in 2013. Together with the judicial proceedings of the Court, the ICC’s Trust Fund provides a concrete response to the needs of numerous victims and their families.”
Japan stated that it “[a]ttaches importance to assistance to victims and their families. Japan makes steady efforts for the prosecution of perpetrators and victims protection. This perspectives was echoed in “Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict” endorsed by the G8 and the larger group, through the enhancement of close cooperation with the ICC, on which Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered an address at the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly of the UN this year. In particular, the establishment of the Trust Fund for Victims is the most innovative and ambitious endeavor for the first time in the history of international criminal justice. Japan commends the TFV’s continuous efforts in tandem with victims and their communities, currently under the leadership of Mr. Motoo Noguchi, the Chair of the Board of Directors.“
Lithuania on behalf of the European Union: “The EU and its Member States will continue to support the ICC and to emphasise the importance of its role when national courts are unwilling or unable to deliver justice. We will also continue to support the efforts of the Trust Fund for Victims of the ICC in bringing justice to victims and affected communities. To this end we encourage all States to contribute to the Trust Fund. ”
Botswana: “We are delighted to note that, in spite of the serious budgetary constraints it faces, the Court continues to do very commendable work in supporting more than 110 thousand victims and their families through the Trust Fund for Victims.”
The Gambia: “The work of the ICC extends beyond bringing the perpetrators to justice and equally important is the assistance it renders to the victims through various projects initiated by the Trust Fund of Victims to enable them to reintegrate into society.”
Nigeria: “Nigeria believes that the rehabilitation and compensation of victims of heinous crimes are a matter of the most serious concern. [...] Nigeria is therefore supportive of the Trust Fund for Victims of International Crimes of the ICC and therefore calls upon State Parties to contribute generously to the Fund.”
Trinidad and Tobago: “We advance that in order for the participation of victims to be meaningful, appropriate protective measures, security arrangements; counselling and financial assistance should be provided as required. In this regard, as a state Party which has made contributions in the past, we request that States Parties and others that are in a position to do so make voluntary contributions to the Victims Trust fund. ”
The United States, a non-State Party, stated that “[s]urvivors of sexual violence, and in particular child victims, must have access to health, psychosocial, legal and economic support. Among other things, signatories of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence committed to work to provide adequate services to victims, including through programs such as the Trust Fund for Victims and its implementing partners.”
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC): “Helping to restore dignity to victims is central to the Rome Statute. (..) States attending this Assembly should recommit to ensuring that the Rome Statute system- including the Trust fund for Victims- has the political – and financial- backing to truly deliver meaningful justice to victims of atrocities that most of us cannot even begin to imagine.”
French Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CFCPI): “We invite States Parties to contribute to the Trust Fund for Victims, to ensure the sustainability of its restorative impact for the victims of the gravest crimes.”
The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) and the Swedish international development agency (Sida) have signed a three-year agreement with a total value of 36 million Swedish kronor (ca. €4.2 million) of unrestricted funding to the TFV. The agreement, resulting from intensive consultations between Sida and the TFV Secretariat, constitutes the single largest contribution of a State Party to the Trust Fund for Victims to date.
Sweden and Finland co-hosted a reception for the TFV on Friday 22 November. At the reception Ambassador Håkan Emsgård reiterated Sweden’s support to the valuable activities of the TFV, as a key institution of the Rome Statute, in support of victims of international crimes. He stated that Sweden’s decision to significantly increase its contribution to the TFV conveyed an appreciation of the results achieved by the TFV so far, as well as Sweden’s commitment to provide a solid and long-term basis to continue and expand the work of TFV.
Mr Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the TFV Board of Directors, stated that "we are greatly honoured by the renewed engagement by Sweden, which not only provides the TFV with an extremely encouraging boost to the development of our resources, but also indicates trust and confidence in the Trust Fund’s mandates to provide reparative justice to victims." Mr Noguchi further expressed hope that other States Parties will find inspiration to engage with TFV to best of their ability.
Finland, which also has been a long-standing and consistent supporter of the Trust Fund for Victims, is currently committed to a multi-annual funding (2012 – 2015) to the TFV amounting to a total of 800.000 euros. The funding is directed to Trust Fund’s programme Addressing Sexual & Other Forms of Gender-Based Violence - Rehabilitating and Supporting Victim Survivors in Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. In addition to this Finland has supported financially the reparations mandate of the Trust Fund.
At the reception on Friday 22 November, Finland´s Ambassador Liisa Talonpoika stated that Finland highly values the engagement and efforts of the TFV in the fight against impunity in particular by addressing the needs of the victims of the crimes under the Rome Statue and reiterated Finland's continuing support to the Trust Fund.