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Name: Human Rights Enforcement Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-122 [S. 1472].
Country: United States of America
Subject(s): Human rights
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2009-12-22
Entry into force:
ISN: USA-2009-L-85222
Bibliography: Act on-line Act on-line GPO Access, Government, United States PDF PDF (consulted on 2010-11-15)
Abstract/Citation: Adds a new Section 509A into Chapter 31 of Title 28 USC concerning the Attorney General. Eliminates the Office of Special Investigations within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish, within 90 days after the enactment of this Act, a section within the Criminal Division of DOJ with responsibility for the enforcement of laws against suspected participants in serious human rights offenses; and (2) consult with the Secretaries of Homeland Security and State in taking appropriate legal action against such individuals. Defines "serious human rights offenses" to include genocide, torture, war crimes, and the use or recruitment of child soldiers. Amends the federal criminal code to: (1) to punish a conspiracy to commit genocide in the same manner as completed act of genocide; (2) eliminate the limitation period for prosecuting crimes of genocide; and (3) include genocide and recruitment of child soldiers as predicates for the crime of providing material support to terrorists. Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act by repealing Section 103(h) to broaden the basis for rendering aliens participating in genocide inadmissible.
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