The Laws of Armed Conflicts: A Collection of Conventions, Resolutions, and Other Documents

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Resolution 3074 (XXVIII).

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, 3 December 1973

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: In 1965, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights started its deliberations on the question of punishment of war criminals and of persons who had committed crimes against humanity. Its aim was to ensure that persons who had committed such crimes would be traced, apprehended and equitably punished by the competent country. These efforts first led to the Convention on the Non-Applicabihty of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, adopted by General Assembly resolution 2391 (XXIII) on 26 November 1968 (No. 106). In 1969, the Commission, on the basis of the General Assembly Resolutions that are cited in the Preamble of the present Resolution, resumed its work on the detection, arrest, extradition and punishment of persons responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. It drafted the present resolution, which was adopted on 3 December 1973 by 94 votes in favor, none against and 29 abstentions.

AUTHENTIC TEXT: Arabic, Chinese, English French, Russian, Spanish. The text of Resolution 3074 (XXVffl), reproduced below, is reprinted from: Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly during its Twenty-eight session, Vol. I, September 18-December 18, 1973. General Assembly, Official Records: Twentyeighth session, Supplement No. 30 (A/9030), New York, United Nations, 1974, p. 78.

TEXT PUBLISHED IN: Résolutions adoptées par l'Assemblée générale au cours de sa vingt-huitième session, vol. I, 78 septembre-18 décembre 1973. Assemblée générale, documents officiels, Vingt-huitième session, supplément No. 30 (A/9030), New York, Nations Unies, 1974 pp. 85–86 (French see also Arabic, Chinese, English, Russian, and Spanish); Human Rights A Compilation of International Instruments, Vol. I (Second Part), New York, United Nations, 1993, pp. 678–679 (English); Droits de l'homme Recueil d'instruments internationaux, New York, Nations Unies, 1988, pp. 151–152 (French); Derechos Humanos Recopilacion de instrumentas internacionales, Nueva York, Naciones Unidas, 1988, pp. 151–152 (Spanish); Prava Cheloveka Sbomik mezhdunarodnykh dokumentov, N'yu York, OON, 1989, pp. 169–170 (Russian); United Nations resolutions, compiled and edited by Dusan J. Djonovich. Series I Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, Vol. XIV, 1927–1974, Dobbs Ferry, Oceana Publications, 1978, pp. 448–449 (Engl.); Droit des conflits armés, pp. 1327–1329 (French); Websites:; University of Minnesota Human Rights Library: (Engl.; French).


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