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Ba Tambedou Praised at The UN Security Council for securing Major UN- Niger Deal


The Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Abubacarr Tambadou was praised by the President of the Mechanism for securing a major breakthrough in the longstanding situation of the acquitted or released persons who have beenliving in a safe house in Arusha, Tanzania.Presenting the Mechanism’s 19th progress report to the United Nations Security Council, Judge Carmel Agius singled out Tambadou for his exceptional efforts in securing this outcome, and to the Republic of Niger, currently presiding over the Council, for its “outstanding assistance and demonstrated commitment to international justice”.

The agreement between the Republic of Niger and the United Nations to relocate all the nine of the released or acquitted persons to the territory of Niger was concluded on November 15. Agius, who has been a Judge of the Mechanism since its inception in 2012 and was appointed-its President in June 2018, informed the Security Council that the agreement has already been implemented with respect to eight of the nine persons concerned.

Tambadou, a former Gambian Attorney General and Minister of Justice, was appointed Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) in July 2020 by the United Nations Secretary-General6António Guterres. As Attorney General, he spearheaded the Gambia’s transitional justice mechanism, including the formation of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) to probe rights violations during the rule of dictator Yahya Jammeh.
Tambadou was the Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the Mechanism between 2012 and 2017, where he was involved in the operationalization efforts of the Mechanism’s Arusha andThe Hague branches. Prior to this, he served as Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) between 2003 and 2008, and as ICTR Appeals Counsel between 2008 and 2012.

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