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Prosecuting Serious Human Rights Violations$
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Anja Seibert-Fohr

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569328

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569328.001.0001

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Universal Human Rights Conventions Explicitly Requiring Prosecution

Universal Human Rights Conventions Explicitly Requiring Prosecution

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(p.153) 5 Universal Human Rights Conventions Explicitly Requiring Prosecution
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Prosecuting Serious Human Rights Violations
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Anja Seibert-Fohr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569328.003.0005

This chapter looks at those universal human rights conventions explicitly requiring prosecution for specific human rights violations, such as genocide, torture, slavery, traffic in persons, prostitution, apartheid, racial hatred, and enforced disappearances. It explains the scope of criminal obligations under the respective conventions. Special attention is given to the standards for criminalization, investigation, and sentences, the concept of aut dedere aut judicare and the role of victims. A comparison of the conventions reveals that there is no uniform concept for the treatment of serious human rights violations. The nature of crimes, the necessary degree of public involvement, the modes of commission, and the particular steps to be taken by States including the required penalties differ.

Keywords:   genocide, torture, slavery, traffic in persons, prostitution, apartheid, racial discrimination, enforced disappearances, aut dedere

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