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The Genocide Network

The Genocide Network

European Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

What are Core International Crimes?

The term ‘core international crimes’ refers to the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. These crimes are deemed to be the most serious crimes that shock the conscience of humanity and threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world.

The development of international criminal law, the establishment of ad-hoc tribunals in the early 1990s, followed by the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), reflect the seriousness of these crimes and the need for a strong reaction against perpetrators of core international crimes. The fight against impunity is not, however, restricted to international establishments, and in fact the primary obligation to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of these crimes lies with States.

What is the Genocide Network?

The European Network of contact points in respect of persons responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (‘the Genocide Network’) is a body established by the Council of the European Union (Council Decisions 2002/494/JHA and 2003/335/JHA) to ensure close cooperation between national authorities in investigating and prosecuting core international crimes, as defined in Articles 6, 7 and 8 of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

The Genocide Network presents a unique forum for practitioners to meet, discuss, exchange information, best practice and experience, cooperate and assist each other in investigating and prosecuting persons responsible for core international crimes.

Contact Information

For all enquiries, please contact the Genocide Network Secretariat.

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