Section 268.67 Criminal Code Act | International War Crime Starvation

The Legislation

Section 268.67 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is International War Crime Starvation and is extracted below.

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268.67  War crime—starvation as a method of warfare

(1)  A person (the perpetrator) commits an offence if:

(a)  the perpetrator uses as a method of warfare:

(i)  any intentional deprivation of civilians of objects indispensable to their survival; or

(ii)  without limiting subparagraph (i)—the wilful impeding of relief supplies for civilians; and

(b)  if subparagraph (a)(ii) applies—the relief supplies are provided for under the Geneva Conventions; and

(c)  the perpetrator’s conduct takes place in the context of, and is associated with, an international armed conflict.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 25 years.

(2)        Strict liability applies to paragraph (1)(b).