Atrocity

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A moralist term for a politically or ethnically motivated mass-killing of civilians, as a single specific event, or a series of events, or genocide; characteristic of an atrocity is its brutal or systematic nature in violation of all moral principles; it is only justified in deviant social systems
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It aims to urge Security Council member States not to consider a voluntary use of the veto power in case of mass atrocities committed on a large scale.
The intention of the initiative, he said "is that in case of mass atrocities, the permanent members of the Security Council would renounce voluntarily to its right of veto.
By making its analysis public, the Simon-Skjodt Center hopes to empower officials and advocates to take preventive action and adopt strategies to avert future atrocities.
There is absolutely no evidence that Bul-Nuer have committed atrocities against their neighbors.
We condemn terrorist acts of any kind and deplore the loss of lives and the distress caused by these savage atrocities against tribesmen defending their towns and innocent citizens of Baghdad," said Michael Mann, spokesman for outgoing EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, in a statement.
He said that even those felt ashamed now after seeing Sharif kings atrocities who voted them in the past elections.
When the IS committed atrocities in Iraq the US launched airstrikes against them and are now arming their opponents.
The participants were carrying banners and playcards inscribed with different slogans against atrocities of Israeli forces on Palestinians.
Moreover, because resources are limited, prosecutors have to choose among atrocities committed in different parts of the world.
The initial international response was more effective, when several African countries faced mass atrocities, HRW said.
Collected by a then-secret group in the wake of the My Lai investigations, these records detail approximately 800 alleged and investigated incidents and cover-ups of atrocities committed by American military personnel.
Last year, in the first-ever presidential directive on this challenge, I made it clear that 'preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America.