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Preamble
    The member States of the Council of Europe, signatory hereto,

    Considering the necessity to safeguard human dignity in time of war and in time of peace;
    Considering that crimes against humanity and the most serious violations of the laws and customs of war constitute a serious infraction of human dignity;
    Concerned in consequence to ensure that the punishment of those crimes is not prevented by statutory limitations whether in relation to prosecution or to the enforcement of the punishment;
    Considering the essential interest in promoting a common criminal policy in this field, the aim of the Council of Europe being to achieve a greater unity between its Members,

    Have agreed as follows:


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