Netherlands supports Trust Fund for Victims of crimes against humanity

from Government of the Netherlands
Published on 22 Nov 2013

Next year the Netherlands will contribute €1 million to the Trust Fund for Victims, the organisation created by the Rome Statute to support victims of crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans made the announcement today in The Hague at the annual Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court.

The Trust Fund for Victims is aimed at implementing reparations and providing physical and psychosocial rehabilitation and material support to victims of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The victims concerned come from countries such as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr Timmermans said it was crucial not only that the ICC try the perpetrators of these crimes, but also that we care for the victims, and where possible help them regain their dignity.

In his speech the Minister reaffirmed the importance of the International Criminal Court and of tackling impunity worldwide. He also addressed the mounting criticism of the ICC, mainly emanating from a number of African countries. The Netherlands is open to engaging in a constructive dialogue, Mr Timmermans said, but will not agree to changes that undermine the ICC’s important work.

Mr Timmermans touched specifically on the alarming situation in Syria. Those guilty of the atrocities committed there must not go unpunished and should stand trial at the ICC, he said, adding that the Netherlands will continue working to achieve that aim.