UN International Law Commission adds the topic of “crimes against humanity” onto its active agenda.

This important development follows the Experts’ Meeting entitled “Fulfilling the Dictates of Public Conscience: Moving Forward with a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity” and the subsequent conference Report published on July 17, 2014. Convened by the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, the meeting in Geneva brought together leading experts in international criminal law, including members of the International Law Commission, to discuss the complex issues the ILC will face as it begins the study and drafting process of a global convention on crimes against humanity.  More

New Book Released about the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative

Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity
edited by Leila Nadya Sadat

Crimes against humanity were one of the three categories of crimes elaborated in the Nuremberg Charter. However, unlike genocide and war crimes, they were never set out in a comprehensive international convention. This book represents an effort to complete the Nuremberg legacy by filling this gap. It contains a complete text of a proposed convention on crimes against humanity in English and in French, a comprehensive history of the proposed convention, and fifteen original papers written by leading experts on international criminal law. The papers contain reflections on various aspects of crimes against humanity, including gender crimes, universal jurisdiction, the history of codification efforts, the responsibility to protect, ethnic cleansing, peace and justice dilemmas, amnesties and immunities, the jurisprudence of the ad hoc tribunals, the definition of the crime in customary international law, the ICC definition, the architecture of international criminal justice, modes of criminal participation, crimes against humanity and terrorism, and the inter-state enforcement regime.
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Proposed International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity

Preamble

The States Parties to the present Convention,

Conscious that all people are united by common bonds and share certain common values,

Affirming their belief in the need to effectively protect human life and human dignity,

Reaffirming their commitment to the purposes and principles of the United Nations, outlined in its Charter, and to the universal human rights norms reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant international instruments,    continue reading

Proposition de Convention internationale sur la prévention et la répression des crimes contre l’humanité

Préambule

Les États Parties à la présente Convention,

Conscients que tous les peuples sont unis par des liens étroits et qu’ils
partagent certaines valeurs communes,

Affirmant leur conviction selon laquelle la vie humaine et la dignité humaine doivent être effectivement protégées,

Réaffirmant leur attachement aux buts et principes des Nations Unies, énoncés dans la Charte, et aux normes universelles des droits de l’homme reflétées dans la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme et les autres instruments internationaux pertinents,

Ayant à l’esprit les millions de personnes, en particulier des femmes et des enfants, qui, au cours de l’histoire de l’humanité, ont été soumis à l’extermination, à la persécution, à des violences sexuelles et à d’autres atrocités qui ont heurté profondément la conscience de l’humanité, Soulignant leur engagement à épargner à la communauté internationale et à leurs peuples la répétition d’atrocités, en prévenant la commission de crimes contre l’humanité et en poursuivant et punissant les auteurs de tels crimes, … continue reading

Unofficial Translations of the Proposed International Convention

Arabic    [view in Adobe PDF]
Chinese [view in Adobe PDF]
German [view in Adobe PDF]
Russian [view in Adobe PDF]