Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes are the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. They can have a lasting, destabilizing impact on the safety and security of communities, nations and regions for decades after they occur. Prevention, investigation and prosecution of these crimes are central to the fight against impunity.
With its global networks and technical tools, INTERPOL is in a unique position to reinforce ongoing efforts to assist law enforcement authorities, international criminal tribunals and national prosecution services in the joint fight against genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
We have been cooperating with the United Nations International Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda since 1994. The INTERPOL General Assembly has adopted several resolutions increasing the Organization’s legal framework of support to its member countries and partner organizations.
Our main activities are as follows:
We provide operational and investigative support to partner organizations, such as international criminal tribunals and justice institutions, as well as to war crimes units in our member countries.
Investigating war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity requires specialist training and knowledge. At INTERPOL, we play a key role in enhancing the capability of investigators of these serious international crimes.
Our International Training Course on Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity has seen some 100 investigators from 30 countries and six international organizations trained in the most up-to-date investigative skills. The aim is to establish standard practices in all areas, including the collection and processing of evidence related to mass atrocities and, in particular, extending capacity for the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence.
We develop strategic partnerships and specialist networks to allow the sharing of expertise and to maximize the impact of our initiatives on a national and international level.
The INTERPOL International Expert Meeting on Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity provides a forum for information and discussion among specialists across different sectors. We also coordinate networking activities around the International Criminal Court and participate in groups such as the European Union Network of Contact Points.
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International Experts Meeting on Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity