The International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) has conferred a Special Achievement Award on the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The Prosecutor of the ICTR, Justice Hassan B.
Jallow received the Special Achievement Award from the International Association of Prosecutors at a ceremony held in the Russian capital of Moscow on 9 September 2013. The Award was conferred in recognition among other things of the ‘significant and important work that the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTR has pursued in the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes and for taking the initiative to establish a manual of best practices’ as a useful guide for national and international prosecutors around the world who may be engaged in the prosecution of international crimes. On accepting the Special Achievement Award on behalf of the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTR, Prosecutor Jallow thanked the International Association of Prosecutors for singling out the OTP of the ICTR for such a prestigious award.
Prosecutor Jallow also thanked many for their support to the ICTR over the years including his predecessor prosecutors, staff members of the OTP past and present, successive Registrars and Presidents of the ICTR and their staff over the years, Secretaries General Kofi Anan and Ban Ki Moon and staff at UN Secretariat, the government and people of Rwanda and the international community at large.
Finally, Prosecutor Jallow dedicated the Special Achievement Award to the entire staff and management of the ICTR, to the victims and survivors of the tragic Rwandan genocide and to the courageous witnesses who overcame numerous challenges to assist the ICTR in the discharge of its mandate.
Prosecutor Jallow was accompanied to the ceremony in Moscow by the former Chief of Prosecution of the ICTR and now Officer-in-Charge of the Arusha Branch of the Mechanism OTP, Mr. Richard Karegyesa.