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

war criminal noun

Examples of war crime in a Sentence

He was found guilty of torture and other war crimes.

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Those documents exposed what some have called war crimes committed by the United States military. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chelsea Manning Has Been Imprisoned for Resisting a Grand Jury Investigation. Here’s Why She Should Be Freed," 11 Mar. 2019 Conservatives see Sunday’s march as an attack; liberals see Trump’s response as a war crimeSunday’s events in Tijuana have alarmed both conservatives and liberals in America, for totally different reasons. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018 Left-wing human rights groups have argued that the removal of the village may amount to a war crime. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage in Palestinian struggle," 11 July 2018 Before joining the White House: While in President George W. Bush’s State Department, Mr. Bolton worked in 2002 to remove the U.S. signature from the treaty establishing the ICC, the war crimes tribunal at the Hague. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Much of Bolton’s Policy Agenda Predates Trump’s Priorities," 18 Nov. 2018 While the Human Rights Council's decision raises the level of scrutiny faced by security forces and other perpetrators, its potential effect on war crime prosecutions is uncertain. Jamey Keaten, Fox News, "UN rights body sets up new team to document Myanmar crimes," 27 Sep. 2018 In 2002, the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal, the International Criminal Court, came into existence. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 30 June 2018 Image To be a teenager during George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq was to spend a significant amount of time actively fantasizing about the president facing a war crimes tribunal at The Hague. New York Times, "That Feeling When You Miss the Early 2000s," 8 May 2018 For example, the US military is helping Saudi Arabia commit war crimes in its war in Yemen. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s Justice Department is fighting US terrorist attack victims in the Supreme Court," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of war crime

1906, in the meaning defined above

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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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