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Sunday, September 14, 2003
ICC Victims Trust Fund Board
Queen Rania is named on the International Criminal Court’s first Board of Directors of the Victims Trust Fund
(Office of Her Majesty, Press Department - Amman) Queen Rania, 2 Nobel laureates amongst members elected for ICC Victims Trust Fund Board
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah was named on the International Criminal Court’s first Board of Directors of the Victims Trust Fund to decide on compensation for future victims of war crimes and genocide.
The five members of the board selected by the ICC include two Nobel Peace Prize winners: His Excellency Mr. Oscar Arias Sanchez (former President of Costa Rica), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (former Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa), His Excellency Mr. Tadeusz Mazowiecki (former Prime Minister of Poland), and Her Excellency Mme.Simone Veil of France (former Minister of Health of France, and former President of the European Parliament).
All 92 nations that have ratified the Rome Statute establishing the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal voted by consensus Friday for the five international figures to serve three-year terms on the board of directors of the Victims Trust Fund.
Jordan's UN Ambassador Prince Zeid Raad, president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, said the International Criminal Court is the first international judicial institution that includes a fund to make reparations to victims and their families, through a trust fund benefiting the victims of crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the International Court, namely genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and, at a later date, aggression.
He congratulated the new board saying “the success of the board will, in no small measure, have a direct bearing on the success of the court itself.”
According to UN spokesman Fred Eckhard, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan welcomed the