Summary: S.1851 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/14/1988)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Genocide Convention Implementation Act of 1987 (The Proxmire Act) - Amends the Federal criminal code to establish the criminal offense of genocide (specified acts committed with the specific intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group). Sets forth penalties to be imposed upon anyone who commits or attempts to commit any of such acts (a fine of $1,000,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 20 years, and life imprisonment if group members are killed). Sets forth criminal penalties (a fine of $500,000 and/or imprisonment for up to five years) for directly and publicly inciting an act of genocide.

States that nothing in this Act shall be construed to: (1) preclude the application of State or local laws to the conduct proscribed; or (2) create any substantive or procedural right enforceable by law by any party in any proceeding.