Genocide Network — Members, observers and associates
European Union (EU) Member States are represented in the Genocide Network by national contact points from competent national authorities, such as prosecutors, investigators and mutual legal assistance authorities that deal with the investigation and prosecution of core international crimes at national level. Together, these practitioners provide the Genocide Network with an active and flexible structure.
In addition to national authorities from 27 EU Member States and their counterparts from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America*, with the observer status, the Genocide Network also liaises closely with representatives of the European Commission, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Eurojust, Europol, the ICC, ad hoc international criminal tribunals, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Interpol, the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM), Redress, Trial International, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and the International Federation for Human Rights.
* Please note that the United Kingdom opted out of the Genocide Network in 2014 and had observer status until 31/01/2020
Specialised international crime units
Eight EU Member States of the Genocide Network and all the Network's Observer States have established International Crime Units within their judicial and law enforcement authorities; several States also have specialised units within their immigration or mutual legal assistance departments. Other EU Member States have specialised staff who work on the investigation and prosecution of international crimes, albeit not within a unit dedicated to war crimes. In addition, some States have semi-specialised staff with specialised knowledge, partly dedicated to international crime cases.
For more information on specialised war crimes units, please refer to the 2010 report of Redress and the International Federation for Human Rights, The Practice of Specialised War Crime Units, and the 2014 report of Human Rights Watch, The Long Arm of Justice.
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