Prosecution and punishment of all war criminals and persons who have committed crimes against humanity.

1988/47. Prosecution and punishment of all war criminals and persons who have committed crimes against humanity

The Commission on Human Rights, Recalling resolution 1987/4 of 31 August 1987 of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities concerning the development of international co-operation to secure the prosecution and punishment, in the countries where their deeds were committed, of war criminals and persons guilty of crimes against humanity, Condemning the attempts made even today to deny the acts of genocide committed as a result of Nazi and Fascist ideology and practices, Commending the co-operation among various States Members of the United Nations which has resulted in the fair trial and just punishment of important war criminals, including the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, for their crimes against humanity, Noting with satisfaction the spirit of co-operation shown by several Member States in facilitating the extradition of war criminals who, in the aftermath of the Second World War, attempted to elude responsibility for their deeds by taking refuge in other countries, Welcoming the interest shown in this problem by numerous Member States regarding alleged war criminals residing in their territories and the assistance given by other Member States in providing evidence making possible the extradition and prosecution of such individuals, Recognizing that, according to consistent and well-documented reports, a large number of persons alleged to have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity live in the territories of States Members of the United Nations, Urges all States to take the necessary measures, in accordance with their national constitutional systems, to ensure full international co-operation for the purpose of securing, preferably in the place where they committed their deeds, the prosecution and just punishment of all those who have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. 52nd meeting
8 March 1988
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XIX.]

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