war crime


Definition of war crime

: a crime (such as genocide or maltreatment of prisoners) committed during or in connection with war usually used in plural

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Other Words from war crime

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Examples of war crime in a Sentence

He was found guilty of torture and other war crimes.

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No medals for you The president is ordering the Navy to strip medals from prosecutors in the trial of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "The 2020 Democratic brawl finally breaks loose," 1 Aug. 2019 Under terms of the accord, rebels who confess their war crimes and compensate victims are spared jail sentences and protected from extradition to the U.S. Washington Post, "The Latest: Colombia tribunal orders 4 FARC leaders arrested," 31 Aug. 2019 The government remained reluctant to answer for its war crimes. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Sri Lanka’s latest violence underscores the need for national healing," 22 Apr. 2019 Judgment at Nuremburg was groundbreaking for its frank tackling of war crimes and moral responsibility, as well as its being one of the first mainstream films to show footage from the Allied liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "8 essential Judy Garland movies that aren't The Wizard of Oz," 23 Aug. 2019 The Rome Statute created the International Criminal Court, which prosecutes those who commit genocide or war crimes. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "No, That Instagram Privacy Hoax Isn’t Real. It Never Is.," 22 Aug. 2019 The Rome Statute is the treaty that formed the International Criminal Court, where crimes such as genocide and war crimes are investigated and prosecuted. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Instagram says there's "no truth" to new hoax post, so don't share it," 21 Aug. 2019 Emilia Javorsky, the founder of Scientists Against Inhumane Weapons, points out that there’s a much better way to use robots to prevent war crimes, if that’s really our goal. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Death by algorithm: the age of killer robots is closer than you think," 21 June 2019 The atrocities have been described as genocide by the UN fact-finding commission, which called for Myanmar's military leaders, including the commander-in-chief, to be investigated and prosecuted for war crimes and genocide. Helen Regan And Stella Ko, CNN, "Rohingya say no to repatriations around anniversary of atrocities," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of war crime

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of war crime was in 1906

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English Language Learners Definition of war crime

: an act committed during a war that violates international law usually because it is cruel, unfair, etc.

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Legal Definition of war crime

: an act committed usually during an international war for which individual criminal liability will be imposed by a domestic or international tribunal specifically : a violation of the laws or customs of war as embodied or recognized by international treaty, court decisions, or established practice usually used in pl.

Note: Following World War II, the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg first codified war crimes including crimes against humanity. Also encompassed in the legal concept of war crimes is the crime of planning or waging a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties.

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