War Crime

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A violation of established protections of the laws of war, which is defined by international law—e.g., the Hague and Geneva Conventions
Examples of war crimes Mistreatment, deportation, enslavement and/or mass murder of prisoners of war, hostages or civilians, genocide, and wanton destruction of population centres and any devastation not justified by military, or civilian necessity
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Department of Defense and Department of State to encourage Monrovia to establish a war crimes tribunal for the country.
(12) War Crimes Act s 3 (definition of 'war crime').
They know that no matter how horrendous their war crimes are they will not be punished harshly.
In the case of non-international armed conflict, war crimes are defined as acts committed against persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention or any other cause.
"To begin with, there are no relevant international treaties that make material support for terrorism a recognized international-law war crime. Neither the Hague Convention nor the Geneva Conventions--the sources that are 'the major treaties on the law of war'--acknowledge material support for terrorism as a war crime.
Second, the report states that the BiH Prosecutor's Office does not direct its time and resources solely to investigating and prosecuting the most complex war crimes cases.
Add to this the corrosive effects of impunity, which includes protracted conflict, and the observation of one lawyer in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo rings true: "[The] lack of prosecution in the area of organized financial crime encourages war crimes, and war itself."
As maintained by Patrick Wilcken, arms control and human rights researcher at Amnesty International: "Emirati forces receive billions of dollars' worth of arms from Western states and others, only to siphon them off to militias in Yemen that answer to no-one and are known to be committing war crimes. The ongoing carnage against civilians in Yemen - including at the hands of the Saudi and UAE-led coalition and the militias it backs - should give serious pause to all states supplying arms."
Science, Technology and Research Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said that the Governemnt has always maintained that the military never omitted war crimes.
There has been debate recently over sending some Syrian leaders to face the International Criminal Court in order to prosecute those who have committed war crimes. But little attention has been given to other state actors who actually play the same role, if not more intensively, by committing or facilitating heinous crimes against Syrian civilians.
BRUSSELS, Nov 20 (KUNA) -- Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, requested Monday authorisation from Court's Judges to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed in context of ongoing armed conflict in Afghanistan.