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Luxembourg reaffirms its support to the Trust Fund for Victims

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The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is grateful to acknowledge Luxembourg’s voluntary contribution of €35,000. 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 reparative mandate, and illustrates its long-standing commitment to reparative justice within the Rome Statute system.

Speaking on Luxembourg’s support to the work of the TFV, H.E. Jean-Marc Hoscheit, Ambassador of Luxembourg to the Netherlands, said « Luxembourg considers that victims must be at the center of our concerns and it is important that they not only have the right to an effective remedy, but also that they obtain reparation for the crimes they have suffered. Therefore, Luxembourg regularly contributes to the budget of the Trust Fund for Victims, whose activity is essential for the work of the Court. Luxembourg invites all States to support the Trust Fund for Victims. »

Welcoming the donation, the TFV Executive Director Pieter de Baan thanked the Government of Luxembourg saying “The TFV notes with sincere appreciation Luxembourg’s regular voluntary contributions and its continued engagement with the work and mandates of the TFV and the ICC. As an expression of trust and recognition, Luxembourg’s consistent support to the TFV illustrates the importance of the Rome Statute, and of reparative measures for victims to be one of its core elements.

To date, the TFV is implementing four reparations ordered by the ICC, the LubangaKatanga, Al Mahdi and Ntaganda cases. The convicted persons in these cases were all found to be indigent and the TFV has responded to the ICC’s requests to consider complementing the payment of the reparations awards. The TFV has also engaged in the fifth reparations proceeding in Ongwen since the beginning of 2021.

Under its assistance mandate, the TFV provides medical treatment, psychological rehabilitation, education, income-generating activities, and livelihood support. The TFV is continuing with its programmes in Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire,  Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda. The TFV will soon launch new assistance programmes in Georgia, Kenya and Mali early 2022.

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