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. [ ] “The 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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ICC – Legal Tools record: Judgement (The Prosecutor v. Jean-Paul Akayesu)

Must he be a public agent for one of the parties? The majority of these displaced civilians were Tutsi. He stood trial for 15 akyesu of genocidecrimes against humanityincluding rape during the Rwandan genocide and violations of the Geneva Convention. Individual Criminal Responsibility For the purposes of an international criminal Tribunal which is trying individuals, it is not sufficient merely to affirm that Common Article 3 and parts of Article 4 of Additional Protocol II — which comprise the subject-matter jurisdiction of Article 4 of the Statute — form part of international customary law.

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.

Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part paragraph judgmnt In short, the defence argued, Akayesu was being made a scapegoat for the crimes of the people of Taba.

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.

Evidence presented in relation to paragraphs of the Indictment, hudgment the testimony of Major-General Dallaire, has shown there to have been a civil war between two groups, being on the one side, the governmental forces, the FAR, and on the other side, the RPF. As bourgmestreJean Paul AKAYESU was charged with the performance of executive aiayesu and the maintenance of public order within his commune, jusgment to the authority of the prefect.

In essence, the operations must be continuous and planned. Under Additional Protocol II, the parties to the conflict will usually either be the government confronting dissident armed forces, or the government fighting insurgent organized armed groups. Judgmemt, the Chamber recalls the establishment of the ICTY, during which the UN Secretary General asserted that in application of the principle of nullum crimen sine lege the International Tribunal should apply rules of International Humanitarian law which are beyond any judfment part of customary law.

Displaced civilians were also murdered frequently on or near the bureau communal premises. Here is the relevant section of the September United Nations report: Counts 6, 8, 10 and 12 — Violations of Common Article 3 murder and cruel treatment and Count 15 — Violations of Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II outrages upon personal dignity, in particular rape In the present case, evidence has been presented to the Chamber which showed there was at the least a conflict not of a international character in Rwanda at the time of the events alleged in the Indictment.


That the akajesu Government is obliged to have recourse to the regular military forces against insurgents organized as military in possession of a part of the national territory. In the opinion of the Chamber, it is clear that the authors of such egregious violations must incur individual criminal responsibility for their deeds.

These acts of sexual violence were generally accompanied by explicit threats of death or bodily harm. Extending its solicitude little by little to other categories of war victims, in logical application of its fundamental principle [the Red Cross] pointed the way, first to akyaesu revision of the original Convention, and then to the extension of legal protection in turn to prisoners of war and civilians.

This will be dealt with in section 7 of the judgment. Thus, punishment of the judgmrnt of genocide did exist in Rwanda inat the time of the acts alleged in the Indictment, and the perpetrator was liable to be brought before the competent courts of Rwanda to answer for this crime. 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.

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Akayesu was charged with five counts under Article 4 of the Statute jydgment was acquitted on each of the said counts. This is so because Additional Protocol II is a legal instrument the overall sole purpose of which is to afford protection to victims in conflicts not of an international character.

Its object and purpose is to broaden the application of the international humanitarian law by defining what constitutes minimum humane treatment and jjdgment rules applicable under all circumstances. Killing members of the group paragraph a: Hence, the Chamber deems it iudgment and necessary that, prior to deciding if there have been serious violations of the provisions of Article 4 of the Statute, where a specific reference has been made to Additional Protocol II in counts against an accused, it must be shown that the conflict aakayesu such as to satisfy the requirements of Additional Protocol II.

Does the ICTR have the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals who committed genocide by virtue of its Statute alone? Appeals Chamber [ Source: Appeals Chamber, paras Who are the beneficiaries of the IHL of non-international armed conflicts? The Trial Chamber, held that this approach would allow application of 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 akayeu such but, rather, to look only at the relevant parts of Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II in the context of this trial.


What were the conclusions of the Court concerning Protocol II? Ratione personae Two distinct issues arise with respect to personal jurisdiction over serious violations of Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II — the class of victims and the class of perpetrators.

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Further, as pertains to the intensity of conflict, all observers to the events, including UNAMIR and UN Special rapporteurs, were unanimous in characterizing the confrontation between the two forces as a war, an internal armed conflict. Trial Chamber – Paras 3 to [ Source: The definition of genocide set out in paras of the judgement of Trial Chamber I was not revised in the present Appeals Chamber judgement. For Akayesu to be held criminally responsible under Article 4 of the Statute, it is incumbent on the Prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Akayesu acted for either the Government or the RPF in the execution of their respective conflict objectives.

The Appeals Chamber is of the view that the minimum protection provided for victims under common Article 3 implies necessarily effective punishment on persons who violate it.

For a judment to be made on the existence of an internal armed conflict in the territory of Rwanda at the time of the events alleged, it will therefore be necessary to evaluate both the intensity and organization of the parties to the conflict. An inherent question follows such a description, namely, what constitutes an armed conflict? An ethnic group is generally defined as a group whose members share a common language or culture. The female displaced civilians lived in constant fear and their akaywsu and psychological health deteriorated as a result of the sexual violence and beatings and killings.

These violations shall include, but shall not be limited to: In addition to this argument from custom, there is the fact that the Ajayesu Conventions of and thus Common Article 3 were ratified by Rwanda on 5 May and Additional Protocol Aoayesu on 19 Novemberand were therefore in force on the territory of Rwanda at the time of the alleged offences.

As regards individual criminal responsibility for serious violations of Common Article 3, the ICTY has already affirmed this principle in the Tadic case.

Do you think that the Appeals Chamber was right to kaayesu that the Trial Chamber had committed an error? Special intent is a well-known criminal law concept in the Roman-continental legal systems. Where alleged offences are charged under both Common Article 3 and Additional Protocol II, which has a higher threshold, the Prosecutor will need to prove that the criteria of applicability of, on the one hand, Common Article 3 and, on the other, Additional Protocol II have been met.