Upon the recommendation of the President of the Tribunal, Sir Dennis C. M. Byron, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has re-appointed Mr. Adama Dieng as Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for a third term of four years commencing in March 2009, or until the completion of the work of the Tribunal, if sooner.
According to the ICTR Statute and Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Registrar assists the Judges and the Prosecutor in the exercise of their duties and, under the authority of the President of the ICTR, he is responsible for the administration of the Tribunal and its legal aid scheme. He also acts as the Tribunal’s channel of communication. Mr. Dieng was born on 22 May 1950. H
e began his career as Registrar of the Regional and Labour Courts in Senegal in 1973, and then served as Registrar of the Supreme Court of Senegal for six years. In 1982, he joined the International Commission of Jurists where he served successively as Legal Officer for Africa, Executive Secretary and, from October 1990 to May 2000 as Secretary-General. While holding that post, Mr. Dieng was appointed as United Nations Independent Expert for Haiti (1995).
Mr. Dieng was appointed as Registrar of the ICTR on 28 February 2001 for an initial term of four years, which was subsequently renewed at the end of February 2005.
This re-appointment is a re-affirmation of Mr. Dieng’s able leadership and continued efforts to enhance the efficiency of the administration of the Tribunal, especially at this critical juncture of its completion strategy.