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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces first contribution to the Trust Fund for Victims
The Hague - On 6 May 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced his Government’s decision to make a first voluntary contribution to the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC. According to the Government of Japan, the contribution is approximately €600,000 of which € 400,000 is earmarked for victims of sexual and gender based violence. The TFV Board of Directors appreciates the contribution as reflecting Japan’s strong advocacy for international criminal justice and to provide assistance to most vulnerable victims.
At a gathering of the North Atlantic Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in Brussels, Prime Minister Abe underscored Japan’s dedication to international cooperation in the area of women, peace and security. “I am deeply saddened by the reoccurrence of situations where women suffer both physically and mentally in conflicts, even in the international community of this 21st century. In this context, the Japanese Government attaches great importance to the role of the International Criminal Court. It is therefore my great pleasure to hereby announce Japan's contribution to the Trust Fund for Victims.”
Mr. Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the TFV Board of Directors, noted his delight at the first and important contribution of the Japanese Government to the Trust Fund and he expressed the Board’s wish that this engagement would develop into a long-standing partnership, stating that “this contribution will pave a way for more and more State Parties, from Asia and other regions, to support the Trust Fund morally, politically, and financially”.
The press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan can be found
Source : Trust Fund for Victims