war crime

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war crime (plural war crimes)

  1. (law) A punishable offense, under international law, for violations of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian.
    • 2015 August 28, Mariam M Kurtz; Lester R. Kurtz, Women, War, and Violence: Topography, Resistance, and Hope [2 volumes]: Topography, Resistance, and Hope, ABC-CLIO, →ISBN, page 193:
      To deal with war crime such as rape a mobile court system was [employed...]
    • 2018 November 22, André Nollkaemper; August Reinisch; Ralph Janik; Florentina Simlinger, International Law in Domestic Courts: A Casebook, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 501:
      To be sure, there is a strong argument that aiding and abetting a recognized international-law war crime such as terrorism is itself an international-law war crime. And there are other similar war crimes.
    • 2022 March 17, Aditya Chakrabortty, “Western values? They enthroned the monster who is shelling Ukrainians today”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Condoleezza Rice pops up on Fox to be told by the anchor: “When you invade a sovereign nation, that is a war crime.” With a solemn nod, the former secretary of state to George Bush replies: “It is certainly against every principle of international law and international order.”

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