Trust Fund for Victims mourns passing of Simone Veil

Trust Fund for Victims mourns passing of Simone Veil

Press Release: The Hague, 03 July 2017 

With deep regret, the Board of Directors, management and staff of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court note the passing of Madame Simone Veil on Friday 30 June2017.

Madame Veil was the first ever Chair of the TFV Board of Directors. She is mourned as an indefatigable, impatient and uncompromising voice for the sake of victims of the most serious crimes.

On behalf of the current TFV Board of Directors, Chair Motoo Noguchi stated, “Madame Veil has been an inspiration for many generations of advocates for the oppressed and the disenfranchised.  Her personal experience as a survivor of the Holocaust, her moral fortitude and her pioneering professional accomplishments made her election to the first TFV Board of Directors, as well as her appointment as its first Chair, a most compelling expression of the Rome Statute’s unprecedented ambition to recognise the suffering of victims and in particular, of the right of victims to overcome their harm and to regain their dignity and hope. In further building and promoting the Trust Fund for Victims as a global beacon of reparative justice for victims, we, the current members of the Board, are ever more strongly mindful of her legacy.”

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