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CHAPTER IV
HUMAN RIGHTS
1 . Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
Paris, 9 December 1948 1
Entry into force
:
12 January 1951, in accordance with article XIII.
Registration :
12 January 1951, No. 1021
Status :
Signatories : 41. Parties : 145
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series, vol. 78, p. 277.
Participant 2
Signature
Accession(a), Succession(d), Ratification
Afghanistan
  22 Mar 1956 a
Albania
  12 May 1955 a
Algeria
  31 Oct 1963 a
Andorra
  22 Sep 2006 a
Antigua and Barbuda
  25 Oct 1988 d
Argentina
   5 Jun 1956 a
Armenia
  23 Jun 1993 a
Australia
11 Dec 1948
 8 Jul 1949
Austria
  19 Mar 1958 a
Azerbaijan
  16 Aug 1996 a
Bahamas
   5 Aug 1975 d
Bahrain
  27 Mar 1990 a
Bangladesh
   5 Oct 1998 a
Barbados
  14 Jan 1980 a
Belarus
16 Dec 1949
11 Aug 1954
Belgium
12 Dec 1949
 5 Sep 1951
Belize
  10 Mar 1998 a
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
11 Dec 1948
14 Jun 2005
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2, 3
  29 Dec 1992 d
Brazil
11 Dec 1948
15 Apr 1952
Bulgaria
  21 Jul 1950 a
Burkina Faso
  14 Sep 1965 a
Burundi
   6 Jan 1997 a
Cabo Verde
  10 Oct 2011 a
Cambodia
  14 Oct 1950 a
Canada
28 Nov 1949
 3 Sep 1952
Chile
11 Dec 1948
 3 Jun 1953
China 4, 5, 6
20 Jul 1949
18 Apr 1983
Colombia
12 Aug 1949
27 Oct 1959
Comoros
  27 Sep 2004 a
Costa Rica
  14 Oct 1950 a
Côte d'Ivoire
  18 Dec 1995 a
Croatia 2
  12 Oct 1992 d
Cuba 7
28 Dec 1949
 4 Mar 1953
Cyprus 8
  29 Mar 1982 a
Czech Republic 9
  22 Feb 1993 d
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  31 Jan 1989 a
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  31 May 1962 d
Denmark
28 Sep 1949
15 Jun 1951
Dominican Republic
11 Dec 1948
 
Ecuador
11 Dec 1948
21 Dec 1949
Egypt
12 Dec 1948
 8 Feb 1952
El Salvador
27 Apr 1949
28 Sep 1950
Estonia
  21 Oct 1991 a
Ethiopia
11 Dec 1948
 1 Jul 1949
Fiji
  11 Jan 1973 d
Finland
  18 Dec 1959 a
France
11 Dec 1948
14 Oct 1950
Gabon
  21 Jan 1983 a
Gambia
  29 Dec 1978 a
Georgia
  11 Oct 1993 a
Germany 10, 11
  24 Nov 1954 a
Ghana
  24 Dec 1958 a
Greece
29 Dec 1949
 8 Dec 1954
Guatemala
22 Jun 1949
13 Jan 1950
Guinea
   7 Sep 2000 a
Guinea-Bissau
  24 Sep 2013 a
Haiti
11 Dec 1948
14 Oct 1950
Honduras
22 Apr 1949
 5 Mar 1952
Hungary
   7 Jan 1952 a
Iceland
14 May 1949
29 Aug 1949
India
29 Nov 1949
27 Aug 1959
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
 8 Dec 1949
14 Aug 1956
Iraq
  20 Jan 1959 a
Ireland
  22 Jun 1976 a
Israel
17 Aug 1949
 9 Mar 1950
Italy
   4 Jun 1952 a
Jamaica
  23 Sep 1968 a
Jordan
   3 Apr 1950 a
Kazakhstan
  26 Aug 1998 a
Kuwait
   7 Mar 1995 a
Kyrgyzstan
   5 Sep 1997 a
Lao People's Democratic Republic
   8 Dec 1950 a
Latvia
  14 Apr 1992 a
Lebanon
30 Dec 1949
17 Dec 1953
Lesotho
  29 Nov 1974 a
Liberia
11 Dec 1948
 9 Jun 1950
Libya
  16 May 1989 a
Liechtenstein
  24 Mar 1994 a
Lithuania
   1 Feb 1996 a
Luxembourg
   7 Oct 1981 a
Malaysia
  20 Dec 1994 a
Maldives
  24 Apr 1984 a
Mali
  16 Jul 1974 a
Mexico
14 Dec 1948
22 Jul 1952
Monaco
  30 Mar 1950 a
Mongolia
   5 Jan 1967 a
Montenegro 12
  23 Oct 2006 d
Morocco
  24 Jan 1958 a
Mozambique
  18 Apr 1983 a
Myanmar
30 Dec 1949
14 Mar 1956
Namibia
  28 Nov 1994 a
Nepal
  17 Jan 1969 a
Netherlands
  20 Jun 1966 a
New Zealand 13
25 Nov 1949
28 Dec 1978
Nicaragua
  29 Jan 1952 a
Nigeria
  27 Jul 2009 a
Norway
11 Dec 1948
22 Jul 1949
Pakistan
11 Dec 1948
12 Oct 1957
Panama
11 Dec 1948
11 Jan 1950
Papua New Guinea
  27 Jan 1982 a
Paraguay
11 Dec 1948
 3 Oct 2001
Peru
11 Dec 1948
24 Feb 1960
Philippines
11 Dec 1948
 7 Jul 1950
Poland
  14 Nov 1950 a
Portugal 6
   9 Feb 1999 a
Republic of Korea
  14 Oct 1950 a
Republic of Moldova
  26 Jan 1993 a
Romania
   2 Nov 1950 a
Russian Federation
16 Dec 1949
 3 May 1954
Rwanda
  16 Apr 1975 a
San Marino
   8 Nov 2013 a
Saudi Arabia
  13 Jul 1950 a
Senegal
   4 Aug 1983 a
Serbia 3, 14
  12 Mar 2001 a
Seychelles
   5 May 1992 a
Singapore
  18 Aug 1995 a
Slovakia 9
  28 May 1993 d
Slovenia 2
   6 Jul 1992 d
South Africa
  10 Dec 1998 a
Spain
  13 Sep 1968 a
Sri Lanka
  12 Oct 1950 a
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
   9 Nov 1981 a
State of Palestine
   2 Apr 2014 a
Sudan
  13 Oct 2003 a
Sweden
30 Dec 1949
27 May 1952
Switzerland
   7 Sep 2000 a
Syrian Arab Republic
  25 Jun 1955 a
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2
  18 Jan 1994 d
Togo
  24 May 1984 a
Tonga
  16 Feb 1972 a
Trinidad and Tobago
  13 Dec 2002 a
Tunisia
  29 Nov 1956 a
Turkey
  31 Jul 1950 a
Uganda
  14 Nov 1995 a
Ukraine
16 Dec 1949
15 Nov 1954
United Arab Emirates
  11 Nov 2005 a
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  30 Jan 1970 a
United Republic of Tanzania
   5 Apr 1984 a
United States of America
11 Dec 1948
25 Nov 1988
Uruguay
11 Dec 1948
11 Jul 1967
Uzbekistan
   9 Sep 1999 a
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  12 Jul 1960 a
Viet Nam 15, 16
   9 Jun 1981 a
Yemen 17
   6 Apr 1989 a
Zimbabwe
  13 May 1991 a
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made upon ratification,
accession or succession. For objections thereto and territorial applications see hereinafter.)
Albania 18
       ...
       As regards article XII:  The People's Republic of Albania declares that it is not in agreement with article XII of the Convention and considers that all the provisions of the Convention should extend to Non-Self-Governing Territories, including Trust Territories.

Algeria
       The Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria does not consider itself bound by article IX of the Convention, which confers on the International Court of Justice jurisdiction in all disputes relating to the said Convention.
       The Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria declares that no provision of article VI of the said Convention shall be interpreted as depriving its tribunals of jurisdiction in cases of genocide or other acts enumerated in article III which have been committed in its territory or as conferring such jurisdiction on foreign tribunals.
       International tribunals may, as an exceptional measure, be recognized as having jurisdiction, in cases in which the Algerian Government has given its express approval.
       The Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria declares that it does not accept the terms of article XII of the Convention and considers that all the provisions of the said Convention should apply to Non-Self-Governing Territories, including Trust Territories.

Argentina
       Ad article IX:  The Argentine Government reserves the right not to submit to the procedure laid down in this article any dispute relating directly or indirectly to the territories referred to in its reservation to article XII.
       Ad article XII:   If any other Contracting Party extends the application of the Convention to territories under the sovereignty of the Argentine Republic, this extension shall in no way affect the rights of the Republic.

Bahrain 19

Reservations:
       "With reference to article IX of the Convention the Government of the State of Bahrain declares that, for the submission of any dispute in terms of this article to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, the express consent of all the parties to the dispute is required in each case."
       "Moreover, the accession by the State of Bahrain to the said Convention shall in no way constitute recognition of Israel or be a cause for the establishment of any relations of any kind therewith."

Bangladesh

Declaration:
       “Article IX:  For the submission of any dispute in terms of this article to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, the consent of all parties to the dispute will be required in each case.”

Belarus 17
       The Byelorussian SSR declares that it is not in agreement with article XII of the Convention and considers that all the provisions of the Convention should extend to non-self-governing territories, including trust territories.

Bulgaria 20
       As regards article XII:  The People's Republic of Bulgaria declares that it is not in agreement with article XII of the Convention and considers that all the provisions of the Convention should extend to Non-Self-Governing Territories, including Trust Territories.

China

Declaration:
       1. The ratification to the said Convention by the Taiwan local authorities on 19 July 1951 in the name of China is illegal and therefore null and void.

Reservation:
       2. The People's Republic of China does not consider itself bound by article IX of the said Convention.

Czech Republic 9

Finland 21

Hungary 22
       The Hungarian People's Republic reserves its rights with regard to the provisions of article XII which do not define the obligations of countries having colonies with regard to questions of colonial exploitation and to acts which might be described as genocide.

India
       "With reference to article IX of the Convention, the Government of India declares that, for the submission of any dispute in terms of this article to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, the consent of all the parties to the dispute is required in each case."

Malaysia 23

Reservation:
       "That with reference to article IX of the Convention, before any dispute to which Malaysia is a party may be submitted to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice under this article, the specific consent of Malaysia is required in each case."

Understanding:
       "That the pledge to grant extradition in accordance with a state's laws and treaties in force found in article VII extends only to acts which are criminal under the law of both the requesting and the requested state."

Mongolia 24
       The Government of the Mongolian People's Republic declares that it is not in a position to agree with article XII of the Convention and considers that the provisions of the said article should be extended to non-self-governing territories, including trust territories.
       The Government of the Mongolian People's Republic deems it appropriate to draw attention to the discriminatory character of article XI of the Convention, under the terms of which a number of States are precluded from acceding to the Convention and declares that the Convention deals with matters which affect the interests of all States and it should, therefore, be open for accession by all States.

Montenegro 12

Confirmed upon succession:

Reservation:
       "The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia does not consider itself bound by Article IX of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and, therefore, before any dispute to which the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is a party may be validly submitted to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice under this Article, the specific and explicit consent of the FRY is required in each case.”

Morocco
       With reference to article VI, the Government of His Majesty the King considers that Moroccan courts and tribunals alone have jurisdiction with respect to acts of genocide committed within the territory of the Kingdom of Morocco.
       The competence of international courts may be admitted exceptionally in cases with respect to which the Moroccan Government has given its specific agreement.
       With reference to article IX, the Moroccan Government states that no dispute relating to the interpretation, application or fulfilment of the present Convention can be brought before the International Court of Justice, without the prior agreement of the parties to the dispute.

Myanmar
       "(1) With reference to article VI, the Union of Burma makes the reservation that nothing contained in the said Article shall be construed as depriving the Courts and Tribunals of the Union of jurisdiction or as giving foreign Courts and tribunals jurisdiction over any cases of genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in article III committed within the Union territory.
       "(2) With reference to article VIII, the Union of Burma makes the reservation that the said article shall not apply to the Union."

Philippines
       "l. With reference to article IV of the Convention, the Philippine Government cannot sanction any situation which would subject its Head of State, who is not a ruler, to conditions less favorable than those accorded other Heads of State, whether constitutionally responsible rulers or not.  The Philippine Government does not consider said article, therefore, as overriding the existing immunities from judicial processes guaranteed certain public officials by the Constitution of the Philippines.
       "2. With reference to article VII of the Convention, the Philippine Government does not undertake to give effect to said article until the Congress of the Philippines has enacted the necessary legislation defining and punishing the crime of genocide, which legislation, under the Constitution of the Philippines, cannot have any retroactive effect.
       "3. With reference to articles VI and IX of the Convention, the Philippine Government takes the position that nothing contained in said articles shall be construed as depriving Philippine courts of jurisdiction over all cases of genocide committed within Philippine territory save only in those cases where the Philippine Government consents to have the decision of the Philippine courts reviewed by either of the international tribunals referred to in said articles. With further reference to article IX of the Convention, the Philippine Government does not consider said article to extend the concept of State responsibility beyond that recognized by the generally accepted principles of international law."

Poland 25
       As regards article XII:   Poland does not accept the provisions of this article, considering that the Convention should apply to Non-Self-Governing Territories, including Trust Territories.

Romania 26
       As regards article XII:  The People's Republic of Romania declares that it is not in agreement with article XII of the Convention, and considers that all the provisions of the Convention should apply to the Non-Self-Governing Territories, including the Trust Territories.

Russian Federation 17
       The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics declares that it is not in agreement with article XII of the Convention and considers that all the provisions of the Convention should extend to Non-Self-Governing Territories, including Trust Territories.

Rwanda 27

Serbia 14, 28

Reservation:
       "The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia does not consider itself bound by Article IX of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and, therefore, before any dispute to which the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is a party may be validly submitted to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice under this Article, the specific and explicit consent of the FRY is required in each case."

Singapore 23

Reservation:
       "That with reference to article IX of the Convention, before any dispute to which the Republic of Singapore is a party may be submitted to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice under this article, the specific consent of the Republic of Singapore is required in each case."

Slovakia 9

Spain 29

Ukraine 17
       The Ukrainian SSR declares that it is not in agreement with article XII of the Convention and considers that all the provisions of the Convention should extend to Non-Self-Governing Territories, including Trust Territories.

United Arab Emirates

Reservation:
       The Government of the State of the United Arab Emirates, having considered the aforementioned Convention and approved the contents thereof, formally declares its accession to the Convention and makes a reservation with respect to article 9 thereof concerning the submission of disputes arising between the Contracting Parties relating to the interpretation, application or fulfilment of this Convention, to the International Court of Justice, at the request of any of the parties to the dispute.

United States of America 30

Reservations:
       "(1) That with reference to article IX of the Convention, be fore any dispute to which the United States is a party may be submitted to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice under this article, the specific consent of the United States is required in each case.
       (2) That nothing in the Convention requires or authorizes legislation or other action by the United States of America prohibited by the Constitution of the United States as interpreted by the United States."

Understandings:
       "(1) That the term `intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group as such' appearing in article II means the specific intent to destroy, in whole or in substantial part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group as such by the acts specified in article II.
       (2) That the term `mental harm' in article II (b) means permanent impairment of mental faculties through drugs, torture or similar techniques.
       (3) That the pledge to grant extradition in accordance with a state's laws and treaties in force found in article VII extends only to acts which are criminal under the laws of both the requesting and the requested state and nothing in article VI affects the right of any state to bring to trial before its own tribunals any of its nationals for acts committed outside a state.
       (4) That acts in the course of armed conflicts committed without the specific intent required by article II are not sufficient to constitute genocide as defined by this Convention.
       (5) That with regard to the reference to an international penal tribunal in article VI of the Convention, the United States declares that it reserves the right to effect its participation in any such tribunal only by a treaty entered into specifically for that purpose with the advice and consent of the Senate."

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
       With reference to article VI, notice is given that any proceedings to which Venezuela may be a party before an international penal tribunal would be invalid without Venezuela's prior express acceptance of the jurisdiction of such international tribunal.
       With reference to article VII, notice is given that the laws in force in Venezuela do not permit the extradition of Venezuelan nationals.
       With reference to article IX, the reservation is made that the submission of a dispute to the International Court of Justice shall be regarded as valid only when it takes place with Venezuela's approval, signified by the express conclusion of a prior agreement in each case.

Viet Nam
       1. The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam does not consider itself bound by article IX of the Convention which provides the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in solving disputes between the Contracting Parties relating to the interpretation, application or fulfilment of the Convention at the request of any of the parties to disputes.  The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is of the view that, regarding the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in solving disputes referred to in article IX of the Convention, the consent of the parties to the disputes except the criminals is diametrically necessary for the submission of a given dispute to the International Court of Justice for decision.
       2. The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam does not accept article XII of the Convention and considers that all provisions of the Convention should also extend to Non-Self-Governing Territories, including Trust Territories.
       3. The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam considers that article XI is of a discriminatory nature, depriving a number of States of the opportunity to become parties to the Convention, and holds that the Convention should be open for accession by all States.

Yemen 31
       In acceding to this Convention, the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen does not consider itself bound by article IX of the Convention, which provides that disputes between the Contracting Parties relating to the interpretation, application or fulfilment of the Convention shall be submitted to the International Court of Justice at the request of any of the parties to the dispute.  It declares that the competence of the International Court of Justice with respect to disputes concerning the interpretation, application or fulfilment of the Convention shall in each case be subject to the express consent of all parties to the dispute.

Objections
(Unless otherwise indicated, the objections were made
upon ratification, accession or succession.)
Australia

15 November 1950

       "The Australian Government does not accept any of the reservations contained in the instrument of accession of the People's Republic of Bulgaria, or in the instrument of ratification of the Republic of the Philippines.
       "The Australian Government does not accept any of the reservations made at the time of signature of the Convention by the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics."

19 January 1951

       "The Australian Government does not accept the reservations contained in the instruments of accession of the Governments of Poland and Romania."

Belgium
       The Government of Belgium does not accept the reservations made by Bulgaria, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Brazil 32, 33

       The Government of Brazil objects to the reservations made to the Convention by Bulgaria, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The Brazilian Government considers the said reservations as incompatible with the object and purpose of the Convention.
       The position taken by the Government of Brazil is founded on the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice of 28 May 1951 and on the resolution adopted by the sixth session of the General Assembly on 12 January 1952, on reservations to multilateral conventions.
       The Brazilian Government reserves the right to draw any such legal consequences as it may deem fit from its formal objection to the above-mentioned reservations.

China 32


Cuba 7


Denmark

27 December 1989

With regard to reservation (2) made by the United States of America:

       "In the view of the Government of Denmark this reservation is subject to general principle of treaty interpretation according to which a party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for failure to perform a treaty."

Ecuador

31 March 1950

       The Government of is not in agreement with the reservations made to article IX and XII of the Convention by the Governments of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and, therefore, they do not apply to Ecuador which accepted without any modifications the integral text of the Convention.

21 August 1950

       [Same communication, mutatis mutandis, in respect of the reservations made by Bulgaria.]

9 January 1951

       The Government of Ecuador does not accept the reservations made by the Governments of Poland and Romania to articles IX and XII of the Convention.

Estonia

With regard to reservation (2) made by the United States of America:
       "The Estonian Government objects to this reservation on the grounds that it creates uncertainty, as to the extent of the obligations the Government of the United States of America is prepared to assume with regard to the Convention.  According to article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, no party may invoke the provisions of its domestic law as justification for failure to perform a treaty."

Finland

22 December 1989

With respect to reservation (2) made by the United States of America:

       "In the view of the Government of Finland this reservation is subject to the general principle of treaty interpretation according to which a party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for failure to perform a treaty."

Greece
       We further declare that we have not accepted and do not accept any reservation which has already been made or which may hereafter be made by the countries signatory to this instrument or by countries which have acceded or may hereafter accede thereto.

26 January 1990

       The Government of the Hellenic Republic cannot accept the first reservation entered by the United States of America upon ratifying the Agreement on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, for it considers such a reservation to be in compatible with the Convention.
       In respect of the second reservation formulated by the United States of America:
       [Same objection mutatis mutandis, as the one made by Denmark.]

Ireland

22 December 1989

       "The Government of Ireland is unable to accept the second reservation made by the United States of America on the occasion of its ratification of the [said] Convention on the grounds that as a generally accepted rule of international law a party to an international agreement may not, by invoking the terms of its internal law, purport to override the provisions of the Agreement."

Italy

29 December 1989

       The Government of the Republic of Italy objects to the second reservation entered by the United States of America.  It creates uncertainty as to the extent of the obligations which the Government of the United States of America is prepared to assume with regard to the Convention."

Mexico

4 June 1990

       The Government of Mexico believes that the reservation made by the United States Government to article IX of the aforesaid Convention should be considered invalid because it is not in keeping with the object and purpose of the Convention, nor with the principle governing the interpretation of treaties whereby no State can invoke provisions of its domestic law as a reason for not complying with a treaty.
       If the aforementioned reservation were applied, it would give rise to a situation of uncertainty as to the scope of the obligations which the United States Government would assume with respect to the Convention.
       Mexico's objection to the reservation in question should not be interpreted as preventing the entry into force of the 1948 Convention between the [Mexican] Government and the United States Government.

Netherlands
       "The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands declares that it considers the reservations made by Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, India, Morocco, Poland, Romania, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in respect of article IX of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, opened for signature at Paris on 9 December 1948, to be incompatible with the object and purpose of the Convention. The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands therefore does not deem any State which has made or which will make such reservation a party to the Convention."

27 December 1989

With regard to the reservations made by the United States of America:

       "As concerns the first reservation, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recalls its declaration, made on 20 June 1966 on the occasion of the accession of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Convention [...] stating that in its opinion the reservations in respect of article IX of the Convention, made at that time by a number of states, were incompatible with the object and purpose of the Convention, and that the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands did not consider states making such reservations parties to the Convention.  Accordingly, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands does not consider the United States of America a party to the Convention.  Similarly, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands does not consider parties to the Convention other states which have made such reservations, i.e., in addition to the states mentioned in the aforementioned declaration, the People's Republic of China, Democratic Yemen, the German Democratic Republic, the Mongolian People's Republic, the Philippines, Rwanda, Spain, Venezuela, and Viet Nam, on the other hand, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands does consider parties to theConvention those states that have since withdrawn their reservations, i.e., the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, and the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
       As the Convention may come into force between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America as a result of the latter withdrawing its reservation in respect of article IX, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands deems it useful to express the following position on the second reservation of the United States of America:
       The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands objects to this reservation on the ground that it creates uncertainty as to the extent of the obligations the Government of the United States of America is prepared to assume with regard to the Convention.  Moreover, any failure by the United States of America to act upon the obligations contained in the Convention on the ground that such action would be prohibited by the constitution of the United States would be contrary to the generally accepted rule of international law, as laid down in article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the law of treaties (Vienna, 23 May 1969)".

23 February 1996

With regard to the reservations made by Malaysia and Singapore made upon accession:

       "The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands recalls its declaration made on 20 June 1966 on the occasion of the accession [to the said Convention].
        [See declaration made under " Netherlands "]
       Accordingly, the Government of the Netherlands declares that it considers the reservations made by Malaysia and Singapore in respect of article IX of the Convention incompatible with the object and purpose of the Convention. The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands does not consider Malaysia and Singapore Parties to the Convention.
       On the other hand, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands does consider Parties to the Convention those States that have since withdrawn their reservations in respect of article IX of the Convention, i.e., Hungary, Bulgaria and Mongolia."

Norway

10 April 1952

       "The Norwegian Government does not accept the reservations made to the Convention by the Government of the Philippines at the time of ratification."

22 December 1989

With regard to reservation (2) made by the United States of America:

       "In the view of the Government of Norway this reservation is subject to the general principle of treaty interpretation according to which a party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for failure to perform a treaty."

Spain

29 December 1989

With regard to reservation (2) made by the United States of America:

       Spain interprets the reservation entered by the United States of America to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9 December 1948 [...] to mean that legislation or other action by the United States of America will continue to be in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Sri Lanka

6 February 1951

       "The Government of Ceylon does not accept the reservations made by Romania to the Convention."

Sweden

22 December 1989

With regard to reservation (2) made by the United States of America:

       "The Government of Sweden is of the view that a State party to the Convention may not invoke the provisions of its national legislation, including the Constitution, to justify that it does not fulfil its obligations under the Convention and therefore objects to the reservation.
       This objection does not constitute an obstacle to the entry into force of the Convention between Sweden and the United States of America."

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
       "The Government of the United Kingdom do not accept the reservations to articles IV, VII, VIII, IX or XII of the Convention made by Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bulgaria, Burma, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, India, Mongolia, Morocco, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or Venezuela."

21 November 1975

       " The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have consistently  stated that they are unable to accept reservations in respect of article IX of the said Convention; in their view this is not the kind of reservation which intending parties to the Convention have the right to make.
       Accordingly, the Government of the United Kingdom do not accept the reservation entered by the Republic of Rwanda against article IX of the Convention.  They also wish to place on record that they take the same view of the similar reservation made by the German Democratic Republic as notified by the circular letter [...] of 25 April 1973."

26 August 1983

With regard to statements made by Viet Nam concerning articles IX and XII and reservation made by China concerning article IX:

       "The Government of the United Kingdom have [...] consistently stated that they are unable to accept reservations to [article IX]. Likewise, in conformity with the attitude adopted by them in previous cases, the Government of the United Kingdom do not accept the reservation entered by Viet Nam relating to article XII."

30 December 1987

With regard to a reservation made by Democratic Yemen concerning article IX:

       "The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have consistently stated that they are unable to accept reservations in respect of article IX of the said Convention; in their view this is not the kind of reservation which intending parties to the Convention hve the right to make.
       Accordingly the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland do not accept the reservation entered by the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen against article IX of the Convention."

22 December 1989

       "The Government of the United Kingdom have consistently stated that they are unable to accept reservations to article IX.  Accordingly, in conformity with the attitude adopted by them in previous cases, the Government of the United Kingdom do not accept the first reservation entered by the United States of America.
       The Government of the United Kingdom object to the second reservation entered by the United States of America.  It creates uncertainty as to the extent of the obligations which the Government of the United States of America is prepared to assume with regard to the Convention."

20 March 1996

With regard to reservations to article IX made by Malaysia and Singapore upon accession:

       "The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have consistently stated that  they are unable to accept reservations to article IX. In their view, these are not the kind of reservations which intending parties to the Convention have the right to make.
       Accordingly, the Government of the United Kingdom do not accept the reservations entered by the Government of Singapore and Malaysia to article IX of the Convention."

Territorial Application
Participant
Date of receipt of the notification
Territories
Australia 8 Jul 1949 All Overseas Territories of Australia
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4, 34 2 Jun 1970 Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Channel Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and Dependencies, Fiji, Gibraltar, Grenada, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Pitcairn Island, St. Helena and Dependencies, St. Lucia, Seychelles, St. Vincent and Turks and Caicos Islands
  2 Jun 1970 Tonga
End Note
1.Resolution 260 (III),   Official Records of the General Assembly, Third Session , Part I (A/810), p. 174.
2.The former Yugoslavia had signed and ratified the Convention on 11 December 1948 and 29 August 1950, respectively.  See also note 1 under "Bosnia and Herzegovina", "Croatia", "former Yugoslavia", "Slovenia", "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and "Yugoslavia" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
3.The following communication, received by the Secretary-General on 15 June 1993, was transmitted prior to Yugoslavia’s admission to membership in the United Nations by General Assembly resolution A/55/12 on 1 November 2000, and its accession to the Convention, deposited with the Secretary-General on 12 March 2001:

"Considering the fact that the replacement of sovereignty on the part of the territory of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia previously comprising the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was carried out contrary to the rules of international law, the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia herewith states that it does not consider the so-called Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina a party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, but does consider that the so-called Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina is bound by the obligation to respect the norms on preventing and punishing the crime of genocide in accordance with general international law irrespective of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

See also note 2 in this chapter and note 1 under  “former Yugoslavia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

4.On 6 and 10 June 1997, the Secretary-General received communications concerning the status of Hong Kong from the Governments of the United Kingdom and China (see also note 2 under “China” and note 2 under “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” regarding Hong Kong in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume). Upon resuming the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, China notified the Secretary-General that the Convention with the reservation made by China will also apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
5.Ratified on behalf of the Republic of China on 19 July 1951.  See note 1 under  “China” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
6.On 16 September 1999, the Government of Portugal informed the Secretary-General that the Convention would apply to Macao.  Subsequently, the Secretary-General received communications regarding the status of Macao from Portugal and China (see note 3 under “China” and note 1 under “Portgual” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume).  Upon resuming the exercise of sovereignty over Macao, China notified the Secretary-General that the Convention with the reservation made by China will also apply to the Macao Special Administrative Region.
7.By a notification received by the Secretary-General on 29 January 1982, the Government of Cuba withdrew the declaration made on its behalf upon ratification of the said Convention with respect to the reservations to articles IX and XII by Bulgaria, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
8.On 18 May 1998, the Government of Cyprus notified the Secretary-General of the following:

“The Government of the Republic of Cyprus has taken note of the reservations made by a number of countries when acceding to the [Convention] and wishes to state that in its view these are not the kind of reservations which intending parties to the Convention have the right to make.

Accordingly, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus does not accept any reservations entered by any Government with regard to any of the Articles of the Convention.”

9.Czechoslovakia had signed and ratified the Convention on 28 December 1949 and 21 December 1950, respectively, with a reservation. Subsequently, by a notification received on 26 April 1991, the Government of Czechoslovakia notified the Secretary-General of its decision to withdraw the reservation to article IX made upon signature and confirmed upon ratification.  For the text of the reservation, see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 78, p. 303.  See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume
10.See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
11.The German Democratic Republic had acceded to the Convention with reservation and declaration on 27 March 1973. For the text of the reservation and the declarations see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 861, p. 200.  See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
12.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
13.See note 1 under "New Zealand" regarding Tokelau in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
14.The Secretary-General received communications from the following States on the dates indicated hereinafter regarding the accession of Yugoslavia to the Convention:

Croatia (18 May 2001):

"The Government of the Republic of Croatia objects to the deposition of the instrument of accession of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, due to the fact that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is already bound by the Convention since its emergence as one of the five equal successor states to the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

This fact was confirmed by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in its Declaration of 27 April 1992, as communicated to the Secretary-General (UN doc. A/46/915).  Notwithstanding the political reasoning behind it, in its 1992 Declaration the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia stated that it "shall strictly abide by all the commitments that the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia assumed internationally".

In this regard the Republic of Croatia notes in particular the decision of the International Court of Justice in its Judgement of 11 July 1996 that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia "was bound by provisions of the [Genocide] Convention on the date of the filing of [the Application by Bosnia and Herzegovina], namely on 20 March 1993" (ICJ Reports 1996, p. 595, at para. 17).

The Government of the Republic of Croatia further objects to the reservation made by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in respect of Article IX of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and considers it to be incompatible with the object and purpose of the Convention. The Government of the Republic of Croatia considers the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide to be fully in force and applicable between the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, including Article IX.

The Government of the Republi of Croatia deems that neither the purported way of becoming a party to the Genocide Convention  ex nunc by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, nor its purported reservation, have any legal effect regarding the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice with respect to the pending proceedings initiated before the International Court of Justice by the Republic of Croatia against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia pursuant to the Genocide Convention."

Bosnia-Herzegovina (27 December 2001):

On 21 March 2001 the Secretary-General of the United Nations confirmed to the Permanent Representative of Yugoslavia to the United Nations the receipt of a ‘Notification of Accession to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948).  The note of the Secretary -General carries reference as: LA 41 TR/221/1(4-1).

The Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina objects to the deposition of this instrument of accession.

On 29 June 2001, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Slovenia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia signed an "Agreement on Succession Issues" in which these States, among other things, declare that they are "in sovereign equality the five successor States to the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia". A copy of the Agreement is enclosed. [Copy not reproduced herein.] For this reason, there can be no question of "accession", but rather there is an issue of succession.  This, in itself, implies that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has effectively succeeded the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as of 27 April 1992 (the date of the proclamation of the FRY) as a Party to the Genocide Convention.

Apart from that, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia upon its proclamation on 27 April 1992 declared - and communicated this to the Secretary-General that it would "strictly abide by all the commitments that the Socialist Federal Republic of Yuslavia assumed internationally"(UN Doc. A/46/915).

For these two reasons it is not possible for the FRY to effectively lay down a reservation with regards to part of the Genocide Convention (i.e. Article IX of the Convention) several years after 27 April 1992, the day on which FRY became bound to the Genocide Convention in its entirety.  Bosnia and Herzegovina refers to Articles 2 (1) (d) and 19 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which explicitly states that a reservation may only be formulated "when signing, ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to a treaty".

The Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina therefore deems the so-called "Notification of Accession to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948)" submitted by the Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to be null and void.  Moreover, the International Court of Justice declared in its Judgement of 11 July 1996, "Yugoslavia was bound by the provisions of the Convention" at least at the date of the filing of the Application in the case introduced by Bosnia and Herzegovina on 20 March 1993/ICJ Rep. 1996, p.610, para. 17).  The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia continues to be bound under the same conditions, that is without any reservation."

15.The Secretary-General received on 9 November 1981 from the Government of the Democratic Republic of Kampuchea the following objection with regard to the accession by Viet Nam:

The Government of Democratic Kampuchea, as a party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, considers that the signing of that Convention by the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam has no legal force, because it is no more than a cynical, macabre charade intended to camouflage the foul crimes of genocide committed by the 250,000 soldiers of the Vietnamese invasion army in Kampuchea.  It is an odious insult to the memory of the more than 2,500,000 Kampucheans who have been massacred by these same Vietnamese armed forces using conventional weapons, chemical weapons and the weapon of famine, created deliberately by them for the purpose of eliminating all national resistance at its source.

It is also a gross insult to hundreds of thousands of Laotians who have been massacred or compelled to take refuge abroad since the occupation of Laos by the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, to the Hmong national minority in Laos, exterminated by Vietnamese conventional and chemical weapons and, finally, to over a million Vietnamese "boat people" who died at sea or sought refuge abroad in their flight to escape the repression carried out in Viet Nam by the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

This shameless accession by the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam violates and discredits the noble principles and ideals of the United Nations and jeopardizes the prestige and moral authority of our  world Organization.  It represents an arrogant challenge to the international community, which is well aware of these crimes of genocide committed by the Vietnamese army in Kampuchea, has constantly denounced and condemned them since 25 December 1978, the date on which the Vietnamese invasion of Kampuchea began, and demands that these Vietnamese crimes of genocideght to an end by the total withdrawal of the Vietnamese forces from Kampuchea and the restoration of the inalienable right of the people of Kampuchea to decide its own destiny without any foreign interference, as provided in United Nations resolutions 34/22, 35/6 and 36/5.

16.Accession on behalf of the Republic of Viet-Nam on 11 August 1950.  (For the text of objections to some of the reservations made upon the said accession, see publication,  Multilateral Treaties for which the Secretary-General acts as Depositary  (ST/LEG/SER.D/13, p. 91).  See also  note 1 under “Viet Nam” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
17.In communications received on 8 March, 19 and 20 April 1989, respectively, the Governments of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic notified the Secretary-General that they had decided to withdraw the reservation relating to article IX.  For the texts of the reservations, see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 190, p. 381, vol.196, p. 345 and vol. 201, p. 368, respectively.
18.On 19 July 1999, the Government of Albania informed the Secretary-General that it  had decided to withdraw its reservation regarding article IX made upon accession. For the text of the reservation, see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 210, p. 332.
19.On 25 June 1990, the Secretary-General received from the Government of Israel the following objection:

"The Government of the State of Israel has noted that the instrument of accession of Bahrain to the [said] Convention contains a declaration in respect of Israel.

In the view of the Government of the State of Israel, such declaration, which is explicitly of a political character, is incompatible with the purpose and objectives of this Convention and cannot in any way affect whatever obligations are binding upon Bahrain under general International Law or under particular Conventions.

The Government of the State of Israel will, in so far as concerns the substance of the matter, adopt towards Bahrain an attitude of complete reciprocity".

20.On 24 June 1992, the Government of Bulgaria notified the Secretary-General its decision to withdraw the reservation to article IX of the Convention, made upon accession.  For the text of the reservation, see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 78, p. 318.
21.On 5 January 1998, the Government of Finland notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw its reservation made upon accession to the Convention. For the text of the reservation, see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 346, p. 324.
22.In a communication received on 8 December 1989, the Government of Hungary notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the reservation relating to article IX made upon accession. For the text of the reservation, see United Nations, Treaty Series , vol. 118, p. 306.
23.In this regard, on 14 October 1996, the Secretary-General received from the Government of Norway, the following communication:

"... In [the view of the Government of Norway], reservations in respect of article IX of the Convention are incompatible with the object and purpose of the said Convention. Accordingly, the Government of Norway does not accept the reservations entered by the Governments of Singapore and Malaysia to article IX of the Convention."

24.In a communication received on 19 July 1990, the Government of Mongolia notified the Secretary-General of its decision to withdraw the reservation relating to article IX made upon accession.  For the text of the reservation see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 587, p. 326.
25.On 16 October 1997, the Government of Poland notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw its reservation with regard to article IX of the Convention made upon accession. For the text of the reservation see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 78, p. 277.
26.On 2 April 1997, the Government of Romania informed the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw its reservation with regard to article IX of the Convention.  For the text of the reservation, see United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 78, p. 314.
27.In a communication received on 15 December 2008, the Government of Rwanda notified the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the reservation relating to article IX made upon accession to the Convention.  The text of the reservation reads as follows:

The Rwandese Republic does not consider itself as bound by article IX of the Convention.


28.With regard to the reservation made by the Government of Yugoslavia upon accession, the Secretary-General received from the following State, a  communication  on the date indicated hereinafter:

Sweden (2 April 2002):

"The Government of Sweden has taken note of the Secretary-General’s circular notification 164.2001.TREATIES-.1 of 15 March 2001, stating the intent of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to accede, with a reservation, to the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.  The Government of Sweden regards the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as one successor state to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and, as such, a Party to the Convention from the date of the entering into force of the Convention for the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.  The Government of Sweden hereby communicates that it considers the said reservation as having been made too late, according to article 19 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, and thus null and void."

29.On 24 September 2009, the Government of Spain informed the Secretary-General that it had decided to withdraw the reservation in respect of the whole article IX (Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice) made upon accession to the Convention.
30.On 11 January 1990, the Secretary-General received from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany the following declaration:

"The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has taken note of the declarations made under the heading "Reservations" by the Government of the United States of America upon ratification of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9 December 1948.  The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany interprets paragraph (2) of the said declarations as a reference to article V of the Convention and therefore as not in any way affecting the obligations of the United States of America as a State Party to the Convention.".

31.The Yemen Arab Republic had acceded to the Convention on 6 April 1989.  See also note 1 under “Yemen” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
32.For the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice of 28 May 1951, see I.C.J., Report 1951 , p. 15.
33.For the resolution adopted on 12 January 1952 by the sixth session of the General Assembly concerning reservations to multilateral conventions, see Resolution 598 (VI);  Official Records of the General Assembly, Sixth Session, Supplement No. 20 (A/2119) , p. 84.
34.On 3 October 1983, the Secretary-General received from the Government of Argentina the following objection:

[The Government of Argentina makes a] formal objection to the declaration of territorial extension issued by the United Kingdom with regard to the Malvinas Islands (and dependencies), which that country is illegally occupying and refers to as the "Falkland Islands".  The Argentine Republic rejects and considers null and void the [said declaration] of territorial extension.

With reference to the above-mentioned objection the Secretary-General received, on 28 February 1985, from the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland the following declaration:

"The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have no doubt as to their right, by notification to the Depositary under the relevant provisions of the above-mentioned Convention, to extend the application of the Convention in question to the Falkland Islands or to the Falkland Islands  Dependencies, as the case may be.

For this reason alone, the Government of the United Kingdom are unable to regard the Argentine [communication] under reference as having any legal effect."