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H.R. 3851 (115th): War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 27, 2017 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3851 would explicitly authorize the Department of State to offer awards under its War Crimes Rewards Program for crimes that would be prosecuted in United States courts under the laws and statutes of the United States.

Background Under the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956, the Secretary of State is authorized to offer rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of individuals responsible for certain forms of international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and organized crime. This includes foreign nationals arrested or convicted “in any country” or “by an international criminal tribunal” for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

H.R ...



1st Session

H. R. 3851


September 27, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Engel, Mr. Hultgren, and Mr. McGovern) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to provide for rewards for the arrest or conviction of certain foreign nationals who have committed genocide or war crimes, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act.


Department of State rewards program

Paragraph (10) of section 36(b) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2708(b)) is amended by striking defined under the statute of such tribunal. and inserting the following:



under the statute of such country or tribunal, as the case may be; or


under United States law.