U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Accountability for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

On September 28, 2022, the U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary held a hearing from “Nuremburg to Ukraine: Accountability for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.”  It featured a discussion of proposed laws, such as the Human Rights Violators Act (S. 4201), which was introduced earlier this year.  The legislation would establish grounds of inadmissibility for any alien who participated in the persecution of people because of race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinion as well as any alien who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in war crimes as defined in federal law. It would also make any alien already in the country deportable if they fit those definitions. It would formally authorize ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center.[1]

[1]    See Grassley-Graham Proposal Will Make Human Rights Violators Deportable, Inadmissible To U.S., Press release,  April. 7, 2022 https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-graham-proposal-will-make-human-rights-violators-dep.