European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Human Rights Violations in the Context of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

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Author: 

Michael Plachta

Date Published: 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Volume: 

33

Issue: 

7

Subject Areas: 

Crimes against Humanity
European Union
War Crimes

Geographic Identifier: 

Africa
European Union
Syria

Abstract: 

On July 4, 2017, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a non-binding resolution on addressing human rights violations in the context of war crimes, and crimes against humanity, including genocide. The title of this resolution is at odds with the classification of “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community” (Article 1) as adopted and defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Statute clearly distinguished between “genocide” (Article 6) and “crimes against humanity” (Article 7).