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ICC authorizes independent board to run war crime victims fund

[JURIST] The 100-nation governing body of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday authorized an independent board to award funds to victims of war crimes through administration of the international Victims Trust Fund [ICC backgrounder]. Member states and private groups have reportedly donated over $1 million to the fund, but disbursement to victims of genocide and crimes against humanity was stalled until the ICC resolved the dispute over how the fund would be set-up and managed. Under the compromise, the fund's directors can now begin to allocate funds for payment, while the court will maintain general oversight to ensure there is no compromise of the trial proceedings. The Assembly of States Parties [ICC backgrounder] convened in The Hague [press release] on Monday for a six-day meeting. AP has more.

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