Luxembourg emphasizes its unwavering commitment to the Trust Fund for Victims with a voluntary contribution this year
The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is pleased to announce a voluntary contribution of EUR 35,000 from Luxembourg this year. This unrestricted contribution will be used to redress the harm suffered by victims of Rome Statute crimes, through reparation awards ordered by the ICC and other programmes for their benefit.
Luxembourg has been a regular donor to the TFV since 2005. This year’s contribution reaffirms the strong support of Luxembourg to the TFV’s mandate, and illustrates its long-standing commitment to reparative justice within the Rome Statute system.
Welcoming the contribution, Kevin Kelly, member of the TFV Board of Directors thanked the Government of Luxembourg by saying, “The TFV notes with appreciation Luxembourg’s regular voluntary contributions and its continued engagement with the mandate and work of the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court. Luxembourg’s consistent support to the TFV illustrates the importance of redressing the harm suffered by victims of Rome Statute crimes through effective reparations and other programmes for their benefit.”
Speaking on Luxembourg’s contribution this year, H.E. Mike Hentges, Ambassador of Luxembourg to the Kingdom of the Netherlands said “Luxembourg reiterates its unwavering support for the Trust Fund for Victims and its work to redress the harm suffered by victims of Rome Statute crimes. Victims must be at the centre of our concerns and it is important that they not only have the right to an effective remedy, but that they also obtain reparation for the crimes they have suffered. Luxembourg is proud to contribute regularly to the TFV for its vital role in the administration of justice by ensuring that thousands of victims receive reparations and essential assistance.”
The TFV relies on financial contributions to implement its programmes. Since 2004, the TFV has received voluntary contributions from 52 States Parties and individuals. This year, the TFV has increased contributions from States Parties by 35% compared to 2022 having received donations in 2023 from at least 24 States Parties.
With the voluntary contributions it receives, the TFV is implementing reparations programmes for victims of crimes against humanity and war crimes. In 2023, the International Criminal Court has concluded the first judicial cycle marked by the completion of the TFV reparation programme for victims in the Katanga case. The TFV continues implementing reparations programmes for victims in the cases of Lubanga and Ntaganda (Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and in the Al Mahdi case (Situation in Mali), while awaiting the reparations order in the Ongwen case (Situation in Uganda).
The TFV has other programmes for the benefit of victims which provide medical treatment, trauma counselling, education, socio-economic support and peacebuilding initiatives. Such programmes are currently implemented in the situations in Central African Republic (I and II), Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Kenya, Mali and Uganda.