Meeting of Residual Mechanism of International Tribunals in New York

The Third Deputy Ambassador, Amparo Mele Colifa, led an Equatorial Guinea delegation which took part in the meeting, which aimed to evaluate the progress of the work carried out by the body, and present considerations regarding its operation.

After hearing the reports from the executive under the moderation of the Russian Federation, all representatives of member States agreed on praising the work of the Residual Mechanism of International Tribunals, while thanking its president for the arrangements made, following the end of the tribunals regarding Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

During the speeches, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, represented by Amparo Mele Colifa, in the company of various minster advisers, ratified adhesion to the principles of multilateralism and International Criminal Law, while pointing out that our country recognised the lack of uniformity in the application of article 151 of the regulations for procedures and evidence, in reference to the general regulations for granting pardon, the reprieve of sentences or early release, in reference to the latest to be condemned by the international criminal court for Rwanda, released before completing their sentences.

Mele Colifa urged the mechanism to cooperate with and consider the opinion, or in the event the forgiveness, of the offended people, particularly with reference to the early release of those criminals who were correctly condemned for crimes of war, genocide, or crimes against humanity, in compliance with due process “as it is important that the victims can be certain that justice has been done”, he added.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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