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Crimes Against Humanity

  1. Andrew Altman

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee066

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Altman, A. 2013. Crimes Against Humanity. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. 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).


  • ethics;
  • law;
  • legal and political;
  • philosophy;
  • practical (applied) ethics;
  • crimes against humanity;
  • genocide;
  • holocaust;
  • human rights