crime against humanity

Definition of crime against humanity

:atrocity (such as extermination or enslavement) that is directed especially against an entire population or part of a population on specious grounds and without regard to individual guilt or responsibility even on such grounds

First Known Use of crime against humanity

1878


Law Dictionary

crime against humanity

crime against hu·man·i·ty

legal Definition of crime against humanity

:an inhumane act (as enslavement) committed against civilians before or during a war for which criminal liability is imposed by a domestic or international tribunal — see also war crime

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