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Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, 25 May 1993

After several resolutions in which the Security Council expressed its grave alarm at continuing reports of widespread violations of humanitarian law occurring in the territory of the former Yugoslavia and taking into consideration the interim report of the Commission of Experts, the Security Council decides in its Resolution 808 (1993) that an international tribunal shall be established for the prosecution of persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991.

The Security Council states that the situation constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and that it is determined to put an end to such crimes and take effective measures to bring to justice the persons who are responsible for them. The Security Council further states its conviction that in the particular circumstances of the former Yugoslavia, the establishment of an international tribunal would enable this aim to be achieved and would contribute to the restoration and maintenance of peace. Thus, the Security Council decides to adopt, by its Resolution 827 (1993) of 25 May 1993, the Statute of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
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