Acts committed by soldiers or government officials, either in the course of a war or in bringing on a war, that violate the customs of warfare. Examples of war crimes include atrocities committed against civilians (see My Lai massacre) and the mistreatment of prisoners of war. After World War II, twenty-two Nazi leaders were tried at Nuremberg by the victorious Allies, and twelve were sentenced to death for war crimes. (See Nuremberg trials.)
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How to use war crimes in a sentence
The report also documents what could be considered war crimes committed by the Iraqi military.
The war crimes trials had revealed the full horror of what Hitler had done.
When civilians are massacred, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team) to document the war crimes.
William Schabas will look into allegations of war crimes despite vocal criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.U.N. Gaza Investigator: 'Anti-Israel' Label Is a 'Slur' | Gideon Resnick | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is very strong evidence that war crimes were carried out.Obama's Pentagon Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan, Says Amnesty International | Nico Hines, Sami Yousafzai | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Violations of rules regarding warfare are war crimes only when committed without an order of the belligerent Government concerned.
So-called war crimes which were not punished before the conclusion of peace may no longer be punished after its conclusion.
Individuals who have committed such war crimes and have been arrested for them must be liberated.
Maybe we can pass the case off on the war crimes Commission.Murder in the Gunroom | Henry Beam Piper