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Vanuatu legislation provides for universal jurisdiction over only two crimes under international law, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions in certain circumstances, and slave trading. Vanuatu is currently a safe haven from prosecution in its courts for foreigners who are suspected of crimes under international law. It is also a safe haven from extradition for war crimes and crimes against humanity, for example. There are no known cases in Vanuatu involving universal jurisdiction. This paper is one of a series on each of the 193 members of the United Nations.

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The unique UPR Info‘s Database of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations and voluntary pledges allows you to access and search all UPR recommendations and voluntary pledges accross several categories: State under Review, Recommending State, Regional Group, Organisation, Response UPR cycle, Thematic Issues, and Type of Action

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Today, over 100,000 Syrians have been killed — mostly civilians, including children. And the number is mounting with no end in sight. The Assad regime requires the assistance of “enablers” – governments, commercial entities, and individuals that provide resources, goods, services, or other support that sustain the commission of atrocities. Together, these enablers form a supply chain that fuels Assad’s crimes against humanity. Human Rights First has been tracking enablers of Assad’s atrocities. This project maps that supply chain and provides a roadmap for the United States to disrupt them.

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International criminal law, though not quite as comprehensively codified or as widely ratified by States as international human rights obligations, is relevant to the study and protection of international human rights because it, generally, is aimed at punishing acts which affect fundamental human rights, namely: life, liberty, and security. This factsheet provides definitions and resources for further research.

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The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) was founded on 28 January 2009 by representatives of eight regional and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The Coalition brings together NGOs from all regions of the world to strengthen normative consensus for RtoP, further the understanding of the norm, push for strengthened capacities to prevent and halt…

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Organization logo: International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990’s. Since its establishment in 1993 it has irreversibly changed the landscape of international humanitarian law and provided victims an opportunity to voice the…

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This Human Rights Watch guide explains the structure of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and asserts that NGOs can continue to show support for the ICC by sharing information with the public and the Court, and aiding victims and witnesses.

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Organization logo: International Criminal Court (ICC)

The International Criminal Court (ICC), governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.

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