Quick facts about the ICTY

Quick facts about the ICTY


Women demonstrate outside the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands, ahead of Radovan Karadžić verdict.
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Full name 

International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia


May 1993


To prosecute criminals who have committed serious atrocities violating international humanitarian law since 1991 in the territory of former Yugoslavia during the Yugoslav Wars

The basics:

Located in The Hague, Netherlands

An ad hoc court under the United Nations

Maximum sentence it can impose: life imprisonment (there has yet to be such a sentence)

A total of 161 accused, 30 of which convicted and sentenced

Deals with:

Breaches of the Geneva Conventions

Violations of the laws/customs of war


Crime against humanity

Ongoing cases (as of March 2016):

Radovan Karadžić

Ratko Mladić

Vojislav Šešelj


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