war crime


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war crime

n.
Any of various crimes, such as genocide or the mistreatment of prisoners of war, committed during a war and considered in violation of the conventions of warfare.

war criminal n.

war crime

n
(Law) a crime committed in wartime in violation of the accepted rules and customs of war, such as genocide, ill-treatment of prisoners of war, etc
war criminal n

war′ crime`


n.
Usually, war crimes. crimes committed against an enemy, prisoners of war, or subjects in wartime that violate international agreements or, as in the case of genocide, are offenses against humanity.
[1940–45]
war′ crim`inal, n.
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Noun1.war crime - a crime committed in wartime; violation of rules of war
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
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Asked if Mr Blair should be charged with war crimes, he said: "If he's committed a war crime, yes.
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The death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured and killed by rebels in October, may have been a war crime, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday, Reuters reported.
Attacks on civilians are a war crime," Moreno-Ocampo said.
However, after almost a decade of discussion, fundamental questions about when and where armed conflicts exist, who is a combatant, and what constitutes a war crime, remained unanswered.
Kulik does not seek to dismiss, deny or minimize American war crimes in Vietnam--rather, his purpose is to expose false war crime stories, so that the stories that are true can be more accurately regarded and remembered.
The existence of Israel on Palestinian soil is the original war crime.
Students of international law, in particular, will find GLOBAL JUSTICE packed with illustrative examples and thoughtful reflections on the international legal processes with respect to war crime prosecutions and the development of an internationally sanctioned judicial system to try them.
He said: "The folks that are being used as shields and the regime need to know that that is a war crime.