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Why didn’t the ICC issue an arrest warrant for Bashar al-Assad?

Bashar al-Assad, who has been the President of Syria since the year 2000, has been credibly accused of mass murder of Syrian civilians including through the use of chemical weapons. The reasons given ...
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Is it a war crime to use starvation as a weapon? [duplicate]

Multiple UN officials and experts have accused Israel of using starvation as a weapon of war against Palestinian civilians (see also statement by Volker Turk). There is mounting evidence that these ...
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Have any Western analysts explained how the crimes for which the ICC recently indicted two Russian commanders, differ from the bombing of Serbia?

Personally I was a bit surprised that the ICC indicted two Russian commanders for the long-range missile attacks in Ukraine, rather than e.g. for the more clear war crimes in Bucha etc. On Tuesday, ...
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What reasons has Israel given for limiting food supplies to Gaza?

According to the UN special rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri: Israel is intentionally starving Palestinians and should be held accountable for war crimes – and genocide, according to ...
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Is rape and sexual assault a part of IDF's ideology or do they oppose it?

There is mounting evidence of sexual violence carried out by the Israeli Defence Force against Palestinian women and children. Evidence points to the violence being perpetrated both pre- and post-...
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Have Palestinian militant groups used rape as a weapon of war before 2023?

It has been widely reported that Hamas engaged in widespread sexual violence on October 7th. Hamas however denies these claims and they have been been criticized by some independent sources (1, 2, 3). ...
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How many journalists have been killed in two currently pending conflicts?

Currently, two wars in the world have attracted the attention of the media: the war between Russia and Ukraine (since 24 February 2022), and the war between Israel and Palestine (since 7 October 2023)...
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Is destroying civilian infrastructure to create a "buffer zone" a war crime?

Recently, over 20 Israeli soldiers died in Gaza while they were destroying civilian infrastructure and residential areas with the intention of creating a "buffer zone" in Gaza, ostensibly to ...
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Reasons for high number of casualties in 2023 Israel-Hamas war

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war results in a much higher number of Palestinian casualties than previous conflicts: nearly 19,000 Palestinians are killed (according to the Hamas run Gaza Health Ministry), ...
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Which side of the conflict in Syria used child soldiers?

According to Iranwire, the practice of child soldiers / martyrs is still happening in the region of the levant, namely in Syria: Although the practice is most often associated the Iran-Iraq War, ...
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What impact did the martyrdom of Iranian children have on the Iran-Iraq war?

Iraq's extensive use of chemical weapons, and deliberate attacks on civilian targets. A notable feature of the war was the state-sanctioned glorification of martyrdom among Iranian children; the ...
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Why isn't bombing cities under any circumstance a war crime? Same applies to launching attacks from cities

While there are rules in place, I think within the Geneva Conventions, regarding the protection of civilian infrastructure, the legal interpretation and application can vary. Deliberately targeting ...
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Is mutilation, sexual assault and kidnappings of minors a part of Hamas' ideology or do they oppose it? [closed]

According to this recent CNN video Hamas terrorists engaged in sexual assault and mutilation of their victims, among them 13-14 year old girls. Among the 240 people kidnapped, there are at least 33 ...
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Which crime is worse - invading hospital or using it for military purpose [closed]

Due the IDF raid on Shifa hospital in Gaza, Qatar calls for international probe for Israel(1). On the other hand, giving the evidence the IDF claims to find during their raid (2), it seems that Hamas ...
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Does international law hold an Army accountable for killings done by other groups during a military attack?

Consider a situation where a country is partially occupied by another. An army unit strikes across a border town of the occupying force. Their military objective is to destroy an enemy defensive unit, ...
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What's the largest death by starvation (estimate) count during a siege in the past 30 years, and what level of condemnation did it receive?

I was able to find out that e.g. during the 2016 siege of Fallujah, which was occupied by ISIS at the time, around 140 civilians starved. The estimate given by Wikipedia seems to come from HRW (which ...
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Who (if any) is the highest-ranking U.S. official who has accused Israel of committing a war crime and/or human rights violation?

It has been said that that Israel is violating human rights and committing war crimes, yet the United States consistently blocks any condemnation of Israel by utilizing its veto power in the UN, and I ...
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Could the UK government be prosecuted for their role in aiding and abetting war crimes in Gaza?

Just came across this: Prime Minister warned of intention to prosecute UK government officials for complicity in war crimes in Gaza I don't want to rely solely on what they say on their page to assess ...
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Is there a plausible military purpose for the recent use of white phosphorus in Gaza?

news agencies and human rights groups have suggested Israel may have used white phosophorus in Gaza last week (the week starting Oct 8): https://www.hrw.org/news/2023/10/12/israel-white-phosphorus-...
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Is the Israeli "complete siege" on Gaza strip a war crime?

Reading this from BBC: On Monday, Israel declared a "complete siege" on the territory, saying electricity, food, fuel and water would be cut off. Is this a war crime or illegal in any way ...
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Has there ever been an attempt to charge Israel, or its officials, with a war crime for changing the demography of the occupied Palestinian West Bank?

Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, changing the demographic composition of an occupied territory is considered a violation of international humanitarian law and classified as a war crime. The ...
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What are the recently declassified documents about the destruction of Kakhovka dam?

On 06 June 2023, in its article about the destruction of Kakhovka HPP dam, NBC News said (highlight mine): However, two U.S. officials and one Western official earlier told NBC News that the U.S. has ...
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Do the Geneva Conventions apply to terrorists or conflicts not of an international character?

Could terrorists and insurgents be considered unlawful combatants? In such a case would the Geneva Conventions (even the third convention) not protect them?
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On what grounds do the USA-affiliated forces and citizens reside in Syria if Syrian government objects?

Last evening was marked by news of an American citizen dying in Syria. It seems that USA hosts military personnel in a sovereign country, Syria, without the consent of that country, and reportedly ...
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What's the point of issuing an arrest warrant for Putin given that the chances of him getting arrested are effectively zero?

As per recent news: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes in Ukraine, a move dismissed by Moscow as ...
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Has there been a judicial review of NATO's target selection in their bombing campaign against Serbia?

My question stems from the NATO campaign in Serbia in the 90s, a campaign that resulted in the bombing of marketplaces and hospitals, and in the destabilisation of the power grid. I could not find any ...
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Does this clip represented an official admission of guilt by Bush?

When speaking at his presidential library, Bush accidentally said "Iraq" instead of Ukraine when he is condemning the illegal Russian invasion, as seen here. He also followed up his mistake ...
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What are the safeguards, set by the US military, to reduce the risk of committing war crimes?

I am talking here about war crimes committed by individuals or units (i.e., not representing a deliberate government/military policy), such as, e.g., the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam war. One ...
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Are military units marching in military parades considered military or civilian targets?

Russian Federation is widely expected to conduct its annual military parade on May 9th. The parade traditionally takes places on the Red Square with many "military units" marching over a ...
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Why isn't any unprovoked act of aggression considered a war crime?

I'm struggling to understand the notion of "war crimes". It refers to acts within the context of a war that are considered especially heinous and outside the normal parameters of armed ...
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What mechanisms are available to "bear witness" in an explicitly non-partisan fashion, on the Bucha massacre?

As we are learning about the massacres in Bucha, it is becoming apparent there are two camps in receiving this news on the world stage: It's real, it happened. This is certainly Ukraine and the West'...
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Have the leaders of UN Security Council permanent member states ever been tried for war crimes?

US leader Joe Biden has been declaring that Russian leader Vladimir Putin should face trial as a war criminal. However, both countries have permanent seats on the UN Security Council, which seems to ...
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Are there any strategic reasons that Russian authorities would allow indiscriminate killing of Ukrainian civilians?

First of all, I believe that killing unarmed civilians is evil. But I know that this is not a problem for many leaders, including Putin, so I'm taking morality out of the equation in my question. I ...
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Could Putin be tried and/or indicted for war crimes? [closed]

March 24,2022 Foreign Policy As Russian forces escalate their assault on Ukraine,the prospect that their commander in chief, Vladimir Putin will ever stand trial for the crimes he committed may seem ...
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Has Russia shown any indication, before the war, that it would court-martial its soldiers if they commit war crimes?

There is a number of reports of claims of Russian soldiers committing war crimes during the prosecution of Russia's 2022 war of aggression on Ukraine. Usually armies prevent their own soldiers from ...
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What is the meaning of the term "Genocide" as opposed to "Crimes against Humanity"? [closed]

Genocide as a term came into being relatively after World War 2. There used to be a term earlier called Crimes against Humanity which used to be used to describe similar events. This use of this term ...
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Why would countries attack civilian facilities like hospitals during war?

Very recently, on 8th March 2022, Russia allegedly has bombed a Ukrainian children’s hospital in Mariupol, as reported by among others CNN and BBC. There have been similar incidents in the past: USA ...
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According to the Geneva Conventions, when can a Prisoner Of War give an interview on camera?

There's been some debate online about footage of POWs talking to the camera to say more than name, rank, and serial number, but has there been any serious academic writing on the limits of the "...
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Is it illegal for Russia to kill Ukrainian President Zelenskyy?

There are some actions in war that are designated as war crimes, such as targeting civilians, torture, and systematic sexual violence or enslavement. Some of these actions hinge on the definition of &...
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What would happen if Russia is convicted of war crimes?

Today President Zelensky has accused Russia of war crimes, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) - which examines war crimes - is looking to open an investigation. What would happen if ...
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If Russia drops a nuclear bomb, is it realistically possible to prevent neutralize it without getting serious damage? [closed]

By "serious damage" I mean any kind of severe environmental damage and/or damage to the people health/life. I understand that there's a tiny probability for that to happen, but just in case, ...
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Why is the scale of ethnic conflicts so different in India vs African countries. Does it have to do with democratic institutions?

India and countries of Africa are equally diverse. However almost every African country has been plagued with genocidal level ethnic conflicts and disruptive civil wars. Central African Republic for ...
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Is it permissible under international law to militarily attack a country/region if it's conducting a total blockade, including of foodstuff?

Tigray (TDF) regional authorities say they are now attacking the neighboring Amara and Afar regions (which have different regional governments under Ethiopia's federal constitution) because Tigray ...
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Why are the mistaken civilian deaths in the Afghanistan war by the US army considered by some to be war crimes? [closed]

Isn't a war crime deliberate with malicious intent? Shouldn't it be considered instead as blunders and bad decisions? Specifically, I watched the leaked video of the helicopter /drone gunner shooting ...
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How binding are International Tribunal decisions on nations? Can the International Tribunal supercede the law of a nation or force it to abide?

I was reading the UN Security Council's Resolution 827, formally establishing the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and came across the following clause, "Decides that ...
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Can war crimes ever be justified as self-defense?

This question is not related to any ongoing event, but, rather, is a hypothetical scenario. Suppose country X invades country Y. While country X possess much advantage in power and dominance over ...
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International Crimes Tribunal (Bangladesh)?

Wikipedia says that: The International Crimes Tribunal (Bangladesh) (ICT of Bangladesh) is a domestic war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh set up in 2009 to investigate and prosecute suspects for the ...
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Is there any situation where a person who admitted to breaking the law in the interest of the United States can not be convicted legally? [closed]

For example when the bombs were dropped on Japan which killed innocent civilians, but the people in the military responsible for it was not punished seemingly because ending the war was believed to be ...
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Has a Nobel Peace laureate ever been accused of war crimes?

Nobel Prizes aren't without controversy, and I was wondering if a Nobel Peace laureate has ever been accused of war crimes. For the purpose of this question, I will accept accusations of war crimes ...
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In the non-Muslim world what are the origins of historical bias against the Ottoman Empire?

Some narratives of the recent terror attack in Christchurch imply that even though conflicts, battles, and invasions among various warring empires ravaged Europe throughout its history, somehow the ...
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