Arusha, 14 August 2009 (FH) - The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has organized a job fair, a premier, in the annals of the United Nations to give its staff an opportunity to market , display and show case their professionalism, skills and experience between August 17 and 21 in Arusha, reports Hirondelle Agency.

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The job fair comes in the wake of the announced first-phase retrenchment of about 350 workers beginning next month as part of the UN Court's exit strategy.

"The UN-ICTR has a finite mandate to complete trials at first instance by end of December 2010. UN-ICTR is therefore in the final stages of its completion strategy after groundbreaking work in the area of international criminal and humanitarian law," said Ms Leontine Mabika, chairperson of the Fair.

The process of winding up the operations of the Tribunal, she added, posed challenges to the management and the staff, especially as it concerns the future of over 1,000 talented, well trained and experienced staff members.

"The ICTR management has decided to organize the Fair to give the talented staff an opportunity to advance their brilliant careers," Ms Mabika stressed.

Among organizations expected  to the five-day Fair to be held at the ICTR premises, include all UN agencies, peace keeping missions, European Union, African regional and other international organisations. "So far the response for the Fair is encouraging," she hinted.

About 30 per cent of ICTR staff members will have their services terminated by end of September. Some workers have already received their terminal notification letters since July. 'Some local and international staffs have already received their separation letters and the process is still going on,'' Tribunal's Spokesman, Roland Amoussouga had told Hirondelle recently.

He said a total number of 349 staff members have been earmarked for separation from both, the Kigali and Arusha offices, leaving the UN court with 693 staff by the end of September.

The UN Security Council had earlier ordered the Tribunal to close its business by December, 2009 but ICTR President, Judge Denis Byron pleaded with the Council to extend judges contracts so that the completions strategy could be accomplished smoothly.

About 10 cases involving 23 accused are yet to be disposed off and most of which are in the stage of drafting the judgments, five cases are on trial stages and 12 fugitives are still on the run. It is expected that several judgements will be delivered between now and mid next year.


© Hirondelle News Agency