Since we will be debating whether France violated the Genocide Convention by failing to extradite, or "punish" perpetrators of the Genocide, I thought it'd be interesting to take a look at the law surrounding extradition.
Here is the article: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/IOR40/001/2009/en/a4761626-f20a-...
It's long but worth a look- here are some things that I thought were important:
Aut dedere aut judicare (extradite or prosecute) obligation: a state may not provide a safe haven for a person suspected of certain categories of crimes. Instead, it is required either to exercise jurisdiction over a person suspected of certain categories of crimes or to extradite the person to a state able and willing to do so or to surrender the person to an international criminal court with jurisdiction over the suspect and the crime. (page 8)
In terms of this rule and France's application of it: The Cour de Casssation (Court of Cassation), in the Disparus de Beach case, has confirmed the aut dedere aut judicare obligation regarding the crime of torture, as contained in the Criminal Procedure Code, when the suspect is found in France.
Does this principle affect the fact that there is no extradition treaty between France and Rwanda?
Also, I found this article in the news recently regarding a genocidaire that was just extradited from Canada. Take a look!
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