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Minister Dion welcomes verdicts in trials of Radovan Karadžić and Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo

March 25, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“This was an important week for international criminal justice and the fight against impunity for serious international crimes.

“Yesterday, an international criminal tribunal found former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.

“Yesterday’s ruling recalls a tragic chapter in Balkans’ history. Canada hopes that the families of the victims of these atrocities will find some solace in this judgement, and that it will help the people of the region move forward on their path toward stability, prosperity and reconciliation.

“On Monday, March 21, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found guilty as charged of rape, murder and pillaging as war crimes and crimes against humanity. Gombo led a Congolese rebel group that committed widespread atrocities in the Central African Republic from 2002 to 2003. His conviction demonstrates that military commanders who know or who ought to have known about sexual violence and fail to act will be held accountable.

“Together, these verdicts demonstrate that no one is above the law.

“Canada has always been a vocal advocate for international justice and will continue to contribute to efforts around the world to ensure that those who commit serious international crimes are held accountable.”


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