Crimes Against Humanity
Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
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The International Encyclopedia of Ethics
How to Cite
Altman, A. 2013. Crimes Against Humanity. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .
- Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
Under international law, the term “crimes against humanity” refers to certain heinous wrongs perpetrated as part of a widespread or systematic attack on a civilian population (see International Criminal Justice). The wrongs include murder, enslavement, torture, rape, forcible transfer, persecution aimed at certain kinds of groups, and “other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health” (Rome Statute 2002: Art. 7).
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- practical (applied) ethics;
- crimes against humanity;
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