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The Challenges Of Relocating Persons Acquitted By The ICTR

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Acquittal is part of any criminal trial. The persons acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for exYugoslavia (ICTY) have returned to their country of origin, be it Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina or Croatia, without difficulty. Before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the enforcement of this somewhat basic procedural practice has encountered unexpected difficulties. The acquitted persons may immediately leave the United Nations Detention Facility (UNDF), but they remain trapped in the small Tanzanian city of Arusha, where the ICTR is headquartered, with limited ability to move, thus not fully enjoying their new status of free persons. This chapter provides an updated overview of present and future challenges with the relocation of ICTR acquitted persons. It discusses the recurrent difficulties that the ICTR experiences in its attempts to secure relocation of acquitted persons to a safe country and the concerns associated with their continued stay in Arusha.

Keywords: acquitted persons; International Criminal Tribunal for exYugoslavia (ICTY); International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR); United Nations Detention Facility (UNDF)



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