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6632nd Meeting (AM)
Making One-Time Exception, Security Council Allows Rwanda Tribunal Judge
to Handle Court Duties Part-Time While Taking Outside Judicial Work
The Security Council this morning made a one-time exception to a previous decision by authorizing a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to perform other judicial work while still engaged with the court.
Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 2013 (2011), the Council said that Judge Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov could work part-time “in another judicial occupation until 31 December 2011, in light of exceptional circumstances”, notwithstanding article 12 bis, paragraph 3, of the Statute of the International Tribunal, which was created to prosecute genocide and other such crimes committed in Rwanda in 1994.
The Council noted Judge Tuzmukhamedov’s commitment to timely delivery of judgement in the two cases in which he is currently involved, urging the Tribunal to take all possible measures to expeditiously complete all its remaining work no later than 31 December 2014 as requested in previous resolutions.
Through the text, the Council also underscored that this exception should not be considered as establishing a precedent, and gave responsibility to the Tribunal’s President to ensure that the arrangement was compatible with the independence and impartiality of the judge, did not give rise to conflicts of interest and did not delay the delivery of judgements.
The meeting began at 10:15 a.m. and ended at 10:19 a.m.
The full text of resolution 2013 (2011) reads as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Taking note of the letter to the President of the Council from the Secretary-General dated 30 September 2011 (S/2011/609), attaching a letter from the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“the International Tribunal”) dated 26 September 2011,
“Recalling its resolutions 955 (1994) of 8 November 1994, 1503 (2003) of 28 August 2003 and 1534 (2004) of 26 March 2004, and its previous resolutions concerning the International Tribunal,
“Recalling also its resolution 1966 (2010) of 22 December 2010, establishing the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“the Mechanism”) and requesting the International Tribunal to take all possible measures to expeditiously complete all its remaining work no later than 31 December 2014, prepare its closure and ensure a smooth transition to the Mechanism,
“Noting that, upon the completion of the cases to which they are assigned, four permanent judges will be redeployed from the Trial Chambers to the Appeals Chamber and two permanent judges will leave the International Tribunal,
“Urging the International Tribunal to take all possible measures to complete its work expeditiously as requested in resolution 1966 (2010),
“Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
“1. Decides, in light of the exceptional circumstances, that notwithstanding article 12 bis, paragraph 3, of the Statute of the International Tribunal, Judge Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov may work part-time and engage in another judicial occupation until 31 December 2011, and takes note of Judge Tuzmukhamedov’s commitment to ensuring timely delivery of judgement in the two cases in which he is currently involved;
“2. Underscores that this exceptional authorization shall not be considered as establishing a precedent. The President of the International Tribunal shall have the responsibility to ensure that this arrangement is compatible with the independence and impartiality of the judge, does not give rise to conflicts of interest and does not delay the delivery of the judgement;
“3. Decides to remain seized of the matter.”
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