War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

The Department of Justice works with partner organizations to deny safe haven in Canada to individuals who may have been either directly involved in or cooperated with others in the commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.

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War Crimes Program

The War Crimes Program supports Canada’s policy to...


The Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program involves a multi-dimensional process that takes into account international obligations, and includes criminal, civil (revocation of citizenship) and administrative (immigration) remedies.


The following Canadian statutes authorize enforcement action against alleged war criminals or alleged perpetrators of crimes against humanity and genocide.

International Involvement

Because of its coordinated approach and its capacity to apply a broad range of legislative remedies, Canada’s War Crimes Program plays a leading role in international efforts to bring war criminals to justice.

Court Proceedings

The War Crimes Program has made significant headway in ensuring that war criminals are denied impunity and held accountable for their actions.


The Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program consists of four partners, each with a specialized War Crimes units or staff dedicated to the War Crimes Program: the Department of Justice, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).