To mark the forthcoming 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Günter Nooke, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, will visit The Hague on 23 and 24 June.
Mr Nooke will conduct talks with representatives of the international tribunals based at The Hague, among them judges and prosecutors, and on 24 June he will attend the trial of Charles Taylor before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Mr Nooke will also meet the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador and representatives of Dutch civil society.
Before leaving Berlin, Mr Nooke issued the following statement:
"This visit is designed to emphasize the significance the German Government accords the international criminal tribunals. Major crimes affecting the entire international community must not go unpunished. For that reason it is important that all countries cooperate fully with the tribunals and ensure that accused persons are arrested and transferred to them."