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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The duties and responsibilities of the Geneva Conventions and the Additional Protocols, hence, will normally apply only to individuals of all ranks belonging to the armed forces under the military command of either of the belligerent parties, or to individuals who were legitimately mandated and expected, as public officials or agents or persons jydgment holding public authority or de facto representing the Government, to support or fulfil the war efforts.

Is there a difference of applicability between Art. To that end, it is necessary, firstly, to review the relevant provisions of the Statute as interpreted by the case-law of the Tribunals and, secondly, the object and purpose of Common Article 3 to the Geneva Conventions. Was the Court correct to argue in its conclusion that judgmennt the time when Akayesu committed his crimes, Art.

Both groups were well-organized and considered to be armies in their own right. First and Second Grounds of Appeal: Who has to respect Art. That the legal Government is obliged to have recourse to the regular military forces against insurgents organized as military in possession of a part of the national territory. This was in line with the view of the ICTY Appeals Chamber stipulating that Common Article 3 beyond doubt formed part of customary international law, and further that there akaywsu a corpus of general principles and norms on internal armed conflict embracing Common Article 3 but having a much greater scope.

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, Jean Paul (ICTR-96-4)

With respect to the second Ground of Appeal, the Prosecution moves the Appeals Chamber to hold that the Trial Chamber erred in akayesk the public agent test in its factual findings in this case. For the first four of these, there is mention only of Common Article 3 as the subject matter jurisdiction of the particular alleged offences, whereas count 15 makes an additional reference to Additional Protocol II.

As regards individual criminal responsibility for serious violations of Common Article 3, the ICTY has already affirmed this principle in the Tadic case. The Akayesu judgement includes the first interpretation and application by an international court of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.


Furthermore, the Chamber notes that measures intended to prevent births within the group may be physical, but can also be mental. Hence, the Chamber deems it reasonable and akayfsu that, prior to deciding if there have been serious violations of the provisions of Article 4 of the Statute, where a specific reference has been made to Additional Protocol II in counts against an accused, it must be shown that the conflict is such as to satisfy the requirements of Additional Protocol II.

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a,ayesu This is the reason why, in the absence of a confession from the accused, his intent can be inferred from a certain number of presumptions of fact. The Chamber, therefore, concludes the violation of these norms entails, as a matter of customary international law, individual responsibility for the perpetrator. The victims in each paragraph charging genocide were members of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.

Thus, punishment of the crime of genocide did exist in Rwanda inat the time of the acts alleged in the Indictment, and the perpetrator was liable to be brought before the competent courts of Rwanda to answer for this crime.

However, as aforesaid, Additional Protocol II as a whole was not deemed by the Secretary-General to have been universally recognized as part of customary international law. 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.

The objective of this approach, thus, would be to apply the provisions of the Statute in a fashion which corresponds best with the underlying protective purpose of the Conventions and the Protocols. Indeed, the Security Council has itself never explicitly determined how an armed conflict should be characterised. Findings would thus be made on the basis of whether or not it were proved beyond a reasonable doubt that there has been a serious violation in the form of one or more of the acts enumerated in Article 4 of the Statute.

How can we determine the existence of this special intent? Is Protocol II applicable? The Chamber holds that the expression deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, should be construed as the methods of destruction by which the perpetrator does not immediately kill the members of the group, but which, ultimately, seek their physical destruction.


Thus, it would not be necessary for the Chamber to determine the precise nature of the conflict, this having already been pre-determined by the Security Council.

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Is the obligation to sanction genocide an element of customary international law? Evidence presented in relation to paragraphs of the Indictment, namely the testimony of Major-General Dallaire, has shown there to have been a civil war between two groups, being on the one side, the governmental forces, the FAR, and on the other side, the RPF.

The Chamber notes that Rwanda acceded, by legislative decree, to the Convention on Genocide on 12 February The Globe and Mail. Is the chamber jdgment subjective or objective criteria? The court clarified that Genocide is a specific crime that takes the accused outside of the scope of armed conflict.

The definition of genocide set out in paras of the judgement of Trial Chamber I was not revised in the present Appeals Chamber judgement.

An analysis of the provisions of the Statute is therefore not judgmnet. Here is the relevant section of the September United Nations report: She was given an International Women of Courage Award in for this and other work.

The local people and militia killed them with machetes and agricultural tools in front of the Taba bureau communal. For purposes of interpreting Article 2 2 d of the Statute, the Chamber holds that the measures intended to prevent births within the group, should be construed as sexual mutilation, the practice of sterilization, forced birth control, separation of the sexes and prohibition of marriages.

Under Additional Protocol II, the parties to the conflict will usually either be the government confronting dissident armed forces, or the government judgmejt insurgent organized armed groups. Thus, the conditions to be met to fulfil the material requirements of applicability of Additional Protocol II at the time of the events alleged in the Indictment would entail showing that: Although ICTY Appeals Chamber has, on several occasions, addressed the issue of the interpretation of common Article 3, it should be noted that it has never found it necessary to circumscribe the category of persons who may be prosecuted under Article 3.