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Addis Ababa: Judges Kama and Goldstone at OUA/ICRC seminar on repression of war crimes

30-04-1997 News Release 97/16

The repression of grave breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) and the establishment of a permanent International Criminal Court are the focus of a joint OAU/ICRC seminar on April 29 and 30 for ambassadors accredited to the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Judge Laïty Kama, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, and Judge Richard Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as Professor Ahmed Mahiou, President of the UN International Law Commission, and Professor Deni Segui, Rapporteur of the Human Rights Commission on Rwanda, will address key issues and developments.

" The holding of this seminar symbolizes the importance which, for some years now, has been given to the crackdown on serious breaches of international humanitarian law " , said Judge Kama in the introduction to his presentation: " The OAU and the repression of war crimes and violations of human rights " . International efforts to ban anti-personnel landmines are also being reviewed by the seminar.

The event is expected to serve as an opportunity for an in-depth exchange of views and experience among diplomats, members of the Ethiopian government and representatives of the OAU and the ICRC. Conclusions and recommendations of the two-day seminar will be submitted to the OAU's Committee of Twenty on Refugees and Displaced Persons for presentation to the Heads of State at their summit conference in Harare/Zimbabwe next June.