H.R. 3680 (104th): War Crimes Act of 1996

Jun 19, 1996 (104th Congress, 1995–1996)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 104-192.
Walter Jones Jr.
Representative for North Carolina's 3rd congressional district
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Last Updated
Aug 02, 1996
2 pages

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 21, 1996.

Introduced Jun 19, 1996
Referred to Committee Jun 19, 1996
Reported by Committee Jul 16, 1996
Passed House Jul 29, 1996
Passed Senate Aug 02, 1996
Signed by the President Aug 21, 1996
Full Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to carry out the international obligations of the United States under the Geneva Conventions to provide criminal penalties for certain war crimes.


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War Crimes Act of 1996 - Amends the Federal criminal code to provide that anyone, whether inside or outside the United States, who commits a grave breach of the Geneva conventions, where the person who commits such breach or the victim of such breach is a member of the U.S. armed forces or a U.S. national, shall be fined or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, or, if death results to the victim, be subject to the death penalty.

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