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Source: New Zealand Parliament

6 March 2020

The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee is now seeking public submissions about an amendment to an international treaty that would make intentional starvation a war crime in certain situations.

In December 2019, the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court amended the Statute. The amendment made it a war crime to intentionally use the starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of things that are essential for their survival.

The amendment would apply in non-international armed conflicts. Intentionally starving civilians as a method of warfare is already a war crime under the Rome Statute.

Tell the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee what you think

Make a submission on the treaty by midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020.

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