UN chief appoints new registrar for tribunal, deputy special representative for Iraq

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday appointed Abubacarr Marie Tambadou of Gambia as the new registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), which deals with cases left over by the UN criminal tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia.

Until recently, Tambadou was serving as Gambia’s attorney-general and minister of justice. He brings over 14 years of experience in the area of international criminal justice, including through his role as special assistant to the prosecutor of the IRMCT and trial attorney and later appeals counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, said Stephane Dujarric, Guterres’ spokesman.

Separately, the secretary-general appointed Irena Vojackova-Sollorano of Germany as his new deputy special representative for Iraq, said the spokesman.

Vojackova-Sollorano brings to this position more than three decades of global expertise in migration and refugee issues, coordinating UN development and humanitarian responses, including as UN resident coordinator in Turkey and in Serbia, said Dujarric.

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