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contribution 15 - Roux François

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Witnesses protection vs Public debate

François ROUX

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Thank you. It is a very important issue, but I just want to make two points regarding witnesses, and since we are here to make assessments, I would like to say here publicly that I am grateful I would like to express the gratitude of my team towards to Sylvie Becky and what she said. We have found that section to be extremely professional. So, you know, I don’t always hold back my criticism, as you will see in the second part of my statement, but I think we should pay tribute to those who do this work.

Unfortunately, it did not prevent, unless we know my neighbour here knows it too. It does not prevent the fact that when some of our witnesses return to Rwanda, at least two of them went to prison. So it raises a problem. Someone who testified in public, the wife of the accused person, when she went back to Rwanda, she was imprisoned. And another one who was anonymously imprisoned. So it has nothing to do with Sylvie Becky’s work. But that is part of the difficulties we face.

So thank you Sylvie Becky and the Registrar for enabling that section to do its work, and Roland Amoussouga who has been there for many years.

My second point, I would like to tie in with what Mr. Stewart said. So when you say your Defence should be effective and so on, I would like to express great regrets on the way the Defence works at the ICTR. Here I would like to turn to the Registrar.

I would like to congratulate President Byron who obtained an extension of the mandate of the ICTR for another year. I say kudos for placing at the head of the Defence a lawyer, Mr. Besnier, to whom I pay tribute. But, please, let us get out of the prehistoric and stone age at which we find ourselves at the ICTR.

All international Tribunals at this time have defined the role of the Defence with offices worthy of that name, equipment, legal assistants worthy of that name.

And what we are organising now at the Lebanese Tribunal, it would also help us to move forward. I believe there is still a long road to go.

But thank you, President Byron, for visiting the offices of the Defence and for noticing just how bad they are. It’s prehistoric. So I think we should break out of this system and follow the times.

So I hope the progress that has been made by Mr. Adama will continue


Thank you. It wasn’t as wicked as you made it sound.
Mr. Amoussouga, you have the floor