Practice Relating to Rule 160. Statutes of Limitation
In 1967, during a debate in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on the question of the punishment of war criminals and of persons who have committed crimes against humanity, Honduras stated:
War criminals should have the benefit of statutory limitation for humanitarian reasons. Many countries’ constitutions established that principle and made it part of their law … It was … reasonable that when the period of statutory limitation expired [a war criminal] should gain a certain degree of relief.