2 oktober 1995
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia – Appeals Chamber
This organ is empowered and mandated, by definition, to deal with trans-boundary matters or matters which, though domestic in nature, may affect “international peace and security” (United Nations Charter, art 2. (1), 2.(7), 24, & 37). It would be a travesty of law and a betrayal of the universal need for justice, should the concept of State sovereignty be allowed to be raised successfully against human rights. Borders should not be considered as a shield against the reach of the law and as a protection for those who trample underfoot the most elementary rights of humanity.