The Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Mr. Olufemi Elias, will be on an official visit to Zagreb, the Republic of Croatia, from 3 to 4 October 2018.
As part of the visit, Registrar Elias will meet with the Croatian Minister of Justice, Mr. Dražen Bošnjaković, to discuss the ongoing cooperation between the Mechanism and the Croatian authorities, as well as the possible establishment of an information centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in Zagreb.
Registrar Elias will also meet with the President of the Supreme Court of Croatia, Judge Đuro Sessa, as well as other officials of the court, to discuss a range of issues, including the Mechanism’s provision of assistance to national authorities in dealing with war crimes cases.
During his visit in Zagreb, the Registrar will hold a briefing for the diplomatic community based in Croatia, to inform them about the Mechanism’s mandate, priorities and ongoing work.
Registrar Elias will also meet representatives of civil society active in the field of transitional justice, to discuss their ongoing activities in relation to the Mechanism’s work and the legacy of the ICTY, as well as potential areas for further cooperation.
This is Mr. Elias’ second visit of a series of planned visits to the former Yugoslavia since he took up duty as Registrar of the Mechanism in January 2017. He visited Bosnia and Herzegovina in July this year, while a visit to the Republic of Serbia is planned in the coming months.