Today’s verdict of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) establishes a clear link to Ratko Mladic’s responsibilities for the disastrous crimes committed in the 1990s. Mladić was found guilty on 10 of the 11 counts he was tried on. Those include genocide in Srebrenica, crimes against humanity, and war crimes during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 22 years after the crimes have been committed, this conviction is long overdue. Even though this will not bring back those lost in the war, I hope that ICTY’s conviction will bring some comfort to the families that have longed for clarity.
As the ICTY is winding down its activities, it is important to recognise the work of the Tribunal over the many years. I welcome ICTY’s crucial role in recent history and in the overall system of international justice, to which its functioning was greatly contributed.