Bangladesh Ambassador to the Hague Sheikh Mohammed Belal was elected to the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for next three years.
The seventeenth session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the ICC on December 5 in the Hague, in a vote by 123 nations, elected the Bangladesh Ambassador on the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), a press release said, reports BSS.
Bangladesh’s history of its own sacrifice and endurance as a victim of genocide, during her war of liberation, had always encouraged Bangladesh to work for the cause of victims and for their reparations, where possible. This election could, therefore, be seen as an acknowledgement of international communities’ trust and confidence in Bangladesh.
Ambassador Belal previously also served, first ever for Bangladesh, as Chairperson of the Executive Council of the OPCW for the period from 2015 to 2017.
Ambassador Belal also served as Facilitator of the ICC for a term in 2015-2016 for the Victims’ portfolio. The five seats on the ICC TFV Board of Directors are distributed according to the five major world regions.