Menu JTA Search

Germany Ratifies United Nations’ Genocide Convention

West Germany was the 47th nation yesterday to have ratified the United Nations Genocide Convention. Germany’s ratification was completed when Dr. Hans E. Riesser, the republic’s permanent observer here, presented his country’s instrument of accession to Constantine Stavropoulos, principal director in charge of the United Nations legal department. West Germany made genocide a domestic crime in a law passed in its parliament last summer and signed by its president, Dr. Theodor Heuss, August 13.