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Domestic legislation for serious crimes under international law

Crimes

Crime of Aggression

No provision

Crimes Against Humanity

No provision

Genocide

Part VIII: Offences Against the Law of Nations, Article 62 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kiribati provides:

    "62. (1) A person commits the felony of genocide if he commits any of the following acts with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such-

      (a) killing members of the group;
      (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
      (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
      (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
      (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
    (2) A person guilty of the felony of genocide shall on conviction-
      (a) if the offence consists of the killing of any person, be sentenced to imprisonment for life;
      (b) in any other case, be liable to imprisonment without the option of a fine for 14 years (section 26 notwithstanding).
    (3) Proceedings for an offence of genocide shall not be instituted except by or with the consent of the Attorney-General."
  • Kiribati Criminal Code, Part 8, Article 62.

    War Crimes

    The definition of war crimes is provided for under Sections 3 and 3A of the Geneva Conventions Act. See:

  • Geneva Conventions Act, 1993. (No. 2 of 1993. Commencement: 1993)

  • Geneva Conventions (Amendment) Act, 2010. (No. 2 of 2009. Commencement: 2010)

    Additional documents

  • Kiribati Red Cross Society Act, 1989. (No. 5 of 1989. Commencement: 1989)

  • Kiribati Red Cross Society (Amendment) Act, 2010. (No. 3 of 2010. Commencement: 2010)

  • Treaty of Friendship Between the United States of America and the Republic of Kiribati. September 20, 1979

    Jurisdiction

    Section 4 of the Geneva Conventions Act of Kiribati states:

      "4. In the case of an offence under sections 3 or 3A committed outside Kiribati
        (a) a person may be proceeded against, tried and punished therefor in any place in Kiribati as if the offence had been committed in that place; and
        (b) the offence shall, for all purposes incidental to or consequential on the trial or punishment thereof, be deemed to have been committed in that place."
    See:

  • Geneva Conventions Act, 1993. (No. 2 of 1993. Commencement: 1993)

  • Geneva Conventions (Amendment) Act, 2010. (No. 2 of 2009. Commencement: 2010)

    International Criminal Court

    Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: The Republic of Kiribati is not a state party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

  • Resources and Links

  • The Constitution of Kiribati
    Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link]

  • The Constitution of Kiribati
    International Labour Organization (ILO). [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link to pdf document]

  • Criminal Procedure Code of Kiribati. Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link]

  • Anti-Personnel Mines (Prohibition) Act. (Act No. 11 of 2008)
    Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link to pdf document]

  • Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act. (Act No. 2 of 2006)
    Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link to rtf document]

  • Kiribati Consolidated Legislation
    Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute. [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link]

  • Kiribati Legislation and Law Reports
    The University of the South Pacific. [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link]

  • Guide to Law Online: Kiribati. Law Library of Congress.
    [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link]

  • Kiribati: National Implementation of IHL
    International Committee of the Red Cross. [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17] [External Link]

  • List of International Humanitarian Law Treaties to which Kiribati is a State party
    (International Committee of the Red Cross). [ENG]. [Last accessed 16Nov17]. [External Link]