The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has announced that Britain is to donate an additional £1 million towards the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. He stressed that the UK will continue to support international justice which, he said, “represents one of the pillars of Britain’s foreign policy”.
In a written statement to parliament, Mr. Hague explained that such support is in line with the strategic priority of the Foreign Office to protect the national security of Britain through the fight against terrorism and working towards defusing conflicts. “We will provide £1 million to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, taking the UK’s total contribution to £3.3 million since 2009. This contribution underlines the UK’s steadfast support for the Special Tribunal which is key to holding to account those guilty of serious crimes and ending the climate of impunity for political assassination in Lebanon. The United Kingdom is committed to, and will remain committed, to working towards the Lebanon’s continued sovereignty and stability.”
The Foreign Secretary said that there should be no impunity for the most serious crimes at the international level. “The effective prosecution of those who commit these crimes is fundamental to preventing such crimes, which in turn is vital in the development of communities which are more stable and prosperous. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the continuing efforts exerted by all courts,” he added.
Hague’s announcement included details of additional funding for the relevant courts in Cambodia and Sierra Leone.