Press Release 269/2012
15 November 2012
In the annual States Parties Assembly that started on 14 November 2012, the states parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) elected Elisabeth Rehn for a second term in the Board of Directors of the ICC Trust Fund for Victims.
Minister Rehn was elected to the TFV Board for the first time in November 2009, and she has acted as the Chair of the Board since March 2010. Rehn is an internationally recognised human rights expert, whose previous tasks include Member of the Finnish Parliament, Minister of Defence, Minister of Equality Affairs, Member of the European Parliament, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in former Yugoslavia. In the past years, Elisabeth Rehn has devoted herself to international tasks. Women's position in warfare and their role in peace building, especially, have been in the foreground in Rehn’s work.
Founded in 2002, the objective of the Trust Fund for Victims is to assist victims of crime and their families in cases being processed by the International Criminal Court. The Board’s principal task is to guide the Trust Fund’s activities and allocation of resources and to coordinate and oversee assistance projects.
Special target groups of the Trust Fund’s assistance efforts include victims of sexual violence and former child soldiers. The Fund’s assets are mainly used for the physical and psychological rehabilitation of victims and for material support. As many as 84.000 victims have benefited from the Fund’s rehabilitation services already. The Fund may also pay victims damages or other reparations by virtue of a decision given by the ICC during a trial. The Fund is currently ready to execute the task issued by the ICC, pertaining to the Court’s first ever decision on reparations for victims in the case against Thomas Lubanga, who was convicted for enlisting and conscripting children and using them to participate in hostilities.
Finland is one of the Fund’s biggest donors.
The International Criminal Court is a permanent court that has jurisdiction in criminal cases. The ICC tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and serious war crimes perpetrated after the Rome Statute entered into force in July 2002. The Court’s jurisdiction is complementary to the criminal jurisdiction of states. The ICC is established in the Hague, the Netherlands.
Further information: Minister Elisabeth Rehn, tel. +358 40 514 9369 and Head of Unit for Public International Law, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Satu Suikkari-Kleven, tel. +358 40 760 3578.