War Crimes Trials in Rwanda and in the former Yugoslavia are being hampered by the international community’s lack of will to arrest fugitives and to offer long-term contracts to staff.
In the case of Rwanda, ten fugitives are still at large and in the case of former Yugoslavia, two key fugitives — Gen. Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic – have still not been arrested.
The delays mean that the tribunals find it hard to keep staff. The courts have a policy of offering only short-term contracts which run out well before any of the work is completed. The tribunals are said to be as much as 20% understaffed in some cases.
The work of bringing justice to victims of war crimes and the search for an end to genocide and crimes against humanity cannot be short-term.
If the international community is to succeed in its fight against these kinds of injustices, long-term, well-paid contracts must be offered to attract people with the best qualifications.
Justice demands nothing less.