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Declaration made upon ratification :

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands, dated 23 November 1981, handed to the Secretary General at the time of deposit of the instrument of acceptance, on 25 November 1981 :

On the occasion of the deposit of the instrument of acceptance for the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the Kingdom in Europe) of the European Convention on the non-applicability of Statutory Limitation to Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes, I have the honour, on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 1 of the Convention, to declare the following :

The offences specified in Article 85 of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts (Protocol I) of 12 December 1977 are, for the purposes of Article 1, paragraph 3, to be regarded as violations of a nature comparable to those referred to in Article 1, paragraph 2 where these offences are particularly serious in view of the actual circumstances and measure of intent on the part of the perpetrator, and of the extent of the foreseeable consequences.

SOURCE : European Convention on the non-applicability of statutory limitation to crimes against humanity and war crimes, Reservations and Declaration, Council of Europe, ETS/STE Nr 82, Strasbourg, 1991.