November 22, 2017 (Waterloo, ON) - Today, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his part in the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims in the former Yugoslavia during the mid-1990's. In reaction to the conviction Lloyd Axworthy, Chair of the World Refugee Council issued the following statement: 

"With the conviction of Ratko Mladic for the grave crimes he committed during the Bosnian civil war, in which 100,000 people were killed and two million more fled their homes as refugees and internally displaced persons, today is a good day for international law and welcomed justice for the families of Mladic's victims. 

Today's ruling is a positive step forward in demonstrating that states, militaries, and other groups responsible for such heinous crimes can and will be held accountable for them." 

- Lloyd Axworthy, Chair 


About the World Refugee Council: 

The World Refugee Council (WRC) is a group of leaders, innovators and influencers that seeks to devise a  new, predictable and cooperative refugee system. It was established by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in May 2017 to complement the efforts of the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to achieve a new Global Compact for refugees in 2018. 


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