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The judgment was appealed before the Appeals Chamber, which issued its judgment on 1 June THE PROSECUTOR v. JEAN-PAUL AKAYESU Case No. ICTRT. JUDGEMENT [ ] 1. INTRODUCTION [ ] 6. [ ] “The Prosecutor of the International. I Translation certified by LCSS, ICTR. HAG(A)Ol (E) v. JEAN-PAUL AKA YESU. JUDGMENT. ENGLISH. Original: ENGLISH/ FRENCH.

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This consequently rules out situations of internal disturbances and tensions.

ICC – Legal Tools record: Judgement (The Prosecutor v. Jean-Paul Akayesu)

How do you interpret Art. An analysis of the provisions of the Statute is therefore not conclusive. In any case, the Kunarac Trial Chamber has not found it necessary to elaborate on this point in light of the circumstances of the case.

It found that sexual assault formed an integral part of the process of destroying the Tutsi ethnic group and that the rape was systematic and had been perpetrated against Tutsi women only, manifesting the specific intent required for those acts to constitute genocide.

Where alleged offences are charged under both Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II, which has a higher threshold, the Prosecutor will need judgmwnt prove that the criteria of applicability of, on the one hand, Common Article 3 and, on the other, Additional Protocol II have been met. Do you think it should be? He stood trial for 15 counts of genocidecrimes against humanityincluding rape during the Rwandan genocide and violations of the Geneva Convention.

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The Akayesu judgement includes the first interpretation and application by ajayesu international court of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Violations of Article 3 common to the Geneva Conventions. Is the chamber using subjective or objective criteria?

Thus, if an offence, as per count 15, is charged under both Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II, it will not suffice to apply Common Article 3 and take for granted that Article 4 of the Statute, hence Akatesu Protocol II, is therefore automatically applicable. In the opinion of the Appeals Chamber, the Trial Chamber erred in requiring that a special relationship should be a separate condition for triggering criminal responsibility for a violation of Article 4 of the Statute.


Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part paragraph c: The local people and militia killed them with machetes and agricultural tools in front of the Judgmfnt bureau communal.

Due to the overall protective and humanitarian purpose of these international legal instruments, however, the delimitation of this category of persons bound by the provisions in Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II should not be too restricted.

Many women were forced to endure multiple acts of sexual violence which were at times committed by judgemnt than one assailant. In essence, the operations must be continuous and planned. Similarly, the Chamber notes that the ICRC commentary on Common Article 3 suggests useful criteria resulting from the various amendments discussed during the Diplomatic Conference of Geneva,inter alia: Therefore, no clarification has to date been provided on this point in the jurisprudence of the Tribunals, except for recent holdings by an ICTY Trial Chamber.

Colonialism Dies Hard appearing to deny the extent of the genocide were widely publicized.

Based on the foregoing, the Chamber finds there existed at the time of the events alleged in the Indictment an armed conflict not of an international character as covered by Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. Article 4 of the Statute, accordingly, includes violations of Additional Protocol II, which, as a whole, has not yet been universally recognized as part of customary international law, for the first time criminalizes common article 3 of the four Geneva Conventions.

Akayesu not only refrained from stopping the hudgment, but personally supervised the murder of various Tutsis. If so, where are those acts criminalized? In that latter respect, the Security Council has elected to take a more expansive approach to the choice of the applicable law than the one underlying the Statute of the Yugoslav Tribunal, and included within the subject-matter jurisdiction of the Rwanda Tribunal international instruments regardless of akayedu they were considered part of customary international law or whether they have customarily entailed the individual criminal responsibility of the perpetrator of the crime.


The victim of the act is therefore a member of a group, chosen as such, which, hence, means that the victim of the crime of genocide jkdgment the group itself and not only the individual. This implies thus that the legal instruments judgmeny primarily addressed to persons who by virtue of their authority, are responsible for the outbreak of, or are otherwise engaged in the conduct of hostilities.

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Rather, the Chamber finds it necessary and reasonable to establish the applicability of both Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II individually. This nexus between jjudgment and the armed conflict implies that, in most cases, the perpetrator of the crime will probably have a special relationship with one party to the conflict.

Moreover, the Chamber recalls the establishment of the ICTY, during which the UN Secretary General asserted that in application of the principle of nullum crimen sine lege the International Tribunal should apply rules of International Humanitarian law which are beyond any doubt part of customary law. It has been shown that there was a conflict between, aakyesu the one hand, the RPF, under the command of General Kagame, and, on the other, the governmental forces, the FAR.

The above reference criteria were enunciated as a means of distinguishing genuine armed conflicts from akayeeu acts of banditry or unorganized and short-lived insurrections.