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UN: Time has come to turn the Draft Articles on Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity, duly amended, into a UN Convention: Public statement

, Index number: IOR 40/3150/2020

Amnesty International considers that the text of the Draft Articles on Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Humanity adopted on second reading by the International Law Commission and circulated to states in 2019 provides a good basis for a future convention on the matter and has repeatedly stated that several improvements should be made to the text of the Draft Articles for them to become a powerful tool to put an end to impunity. It also urges states to support – during the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee debate of the item ‘Crimes against Humanity’ (Agenda item 81), scheduled in principle on 15 October, the convening of a conference of plenipotentiaries to debate and adopt the text of such convention. The organization thinks that such a debate should be open to civil society organizations.

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