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. [ ] β€œThe 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 akaeysu of the act is therefore a member of a group, chosen as such, which, hence, means that the victim of the crime of genocide is the group itself and not only the individual. The offence serious violation must be committed within the context of an armed conflict; The armed conflict can be internal or international; The offence must be against persons who are not taking any active part in the hostilities; There must be a nexus between the violations and the armed zkayesu.

The Chamber notes that Rwanda acceded, by legislative decree, to the Convention on Genocide on 12 February During the Rwandan genocide of mid, many Tutsis were jhdgment in Akayesu’s commune, and judgemnt others were subject to violence and other forms of hatred.

Must the State of which the accused is a national be a party to the Convention on Genocide? Must he be part of the armed forces of one of the parties?

In that latter respect, the Security Council has elected to take a more expansive approach to the choice of the applicable law than the one underlying the Statute of the Yugoslav Tribunal, and included within the subject-matter jurisdiction of the Rwanda Tribunal international instruments regardless of whether they were considered part of customary international law or whether they have customarily entailed the individual criminal responsibility of the perpetrator of the crime.

According to this meaning, special intent is the key element of an intentional offence, which offence is characterized by a psychological relationship between the physical result and the mental state judg,ent the perpetrator.

This page was last edited on 1 Decemberat In any case, the Kunarac Trial Judgkent has not found it necessary to elaborate on this point in light of the circumstances of the case.

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Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group paragraph e With respect to forcibly transferring children of the group to another group, the Chamber is of the opinion that, as in the case of measures intended to prevent births, the objective is not only to sanction a direct act of forcible physical transfer, but also to sanction acts of threats or trauma which would lead to the forcible transfer of children from one group to another.

Conclusion The applicability of Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II has been dealt with above and findings made thereon in the context of the temporal setting of events alleged in the Indictment. What is the special intent or dolus specialis necessary for genocide to take place?

Would it have sufficed for the Rwandan criminal code to foresee individual criminal responsibility for the acts Akayesu was accused of? That the Party in revolt against the de jure Government possesses an organized military force, an authority responsible for its acts, acting within a determinate territory and having the means of respecting and ensuring the respect for the Convention.


He was the mayor of Taba commune in Gitarama prefecture from April until June How do you interpret Art. An inherent question follows such a description, namely, what constitutes an armed conflict?

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This stems jhdgment the fact that common Article 3 requires a close nexus between violations and the armed conflict. Do you think that the Appeals Chamber was right to decide that the Trial Chamber had committed an error? Otherwise, it might be argued that these instruments only state norms applicable to States and Parties to a conflict, and that they do not create crimes for which individuals may be tried.

Akayesu’s defence team argued that Akayesu had no part in the killings, and that he had been powerless to stop them. Guilty of Crime against Humanity Murder [ At all times relevant to this indictment, a state of internal armed conflict existed in Rwanda.

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 has already been proved beyond reasonable doubt that there was an armed conflict not of an international character between the Government of Rwanda and the RPF in at the time of the events alleged in the Indictment.

The question of applicability ratione loci in non-international armed conflicts, when only Common Article 3 is of relevance should be approached the same way, i. Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

If so, does the Court consider that this would have violated the principle of nullum crimen sine lege? Is there a difference of applicability between Art. Article 2 of the Statute, just like the Genocide Convention, stipulates four types of victim groups, namely national, ethnical, racial or religious groups.

Can we assume that the acts committed by Akayesu were prohibited under Rwandan criminal law? These acts of sexual violence were generally accompanied by explicit threats of death or bodily harm.

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Further, these armed forces must be able to dominate a sufficient part of the territory so as to maintain sustained and concerted military operations and to apply Additional Protocol II. Would the application of a purely treaty-based rule of Protocol II violate that principle?

Notwithstanding the above, a possible approach would be for the Chamber not to look at the nature of the building blocks of Article 4 of the Statute nor for it to categorize the conflict as such but, rather, to look only at the relevant parts of Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II in the context of this trial.

Is the chamber using subjective or objective criteria? Its object and purpose is to broaden the application of the international humanitarian law by defining what constitutes minimum humane treatment and the rules applicable under all circumstances. He was considered well-liked and intelligent.


It suffices to recall that an armed conflict is distinguished from internal disturbances by the level of intensity of the conflict and the degree of organization of the parties to the conflict. Akayesy would akayesi 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.

Is Protocol II applicable? Ratione personae Two distinct issues arise with respect to personal jurisdiction over serious violations of Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II β€” the class of victims and the class of perpetrators. This was in zkayesu 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 exists a corpus of general principles and norms on internal armed conflict embracing Common Article 3 but having a much greater scope.

Jean Paul AKAYESU facilitated the commission of the sexual violence, beatings and murders by allowing the sexual violence and beatings and murders to occur on or near the bureau communal premises. It has been shown that there was a akaesu between, on the one hand, the RPF, under the command of General Kagame, judgmdnt, on the other, the governmental forces, the FAR. Akayesu not only refrained from stopping the killings, but personally supervised the murder of various Tutsis.

With respect to the second Ground of Appeal, the Prosecution moves the Appeals Chamber to hold that the Trial Chamber erred in applying the public agent test in its factual findings in this case.

Would this mean that the extermination of other groups such as handicapped people, some political groups and homosexuals by the Nazi regime would be qualified as a crime against humanity but not as genocide? Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part paragraph c: Similarly, the Chamber notes that the ICRC commentary on Common Article 3 suggests useful criteria resulting from the various amendments discussed during the Diplomatic Conference of Geneva,inter alia: Would that be necessary to claim that customary law criminalizes violations of common Art.

Counts 6, 8, 10 and 12 β€” Violations of Common Article 3 murder and cruel treatment and Count 15 β€” Violations of Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II outrages upon personal dignity, in particular rape Mukasarasi was intimidated and her husband and daughter were killed but she found four people who were willing to testify.

Special intent of a crime is the specific intention, required as a constitutive element of the crime, which demands that the perpetrator clearly seeks to produce the act charged. As a result, the Appeals Chamber must turn to the article which serves as a basis for Article 4, to wit, Article 3 Common to the Geneva Conventions [