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Has a Nobel Peace laureate ever been accused of war crimes?

The State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has a Nobel peace prize and there are calls for some of her military leaders to be prosecuted for war crimes. She herself might also be complicit. ...
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Has a Nobel Peace laureate ever been accused of war crimes?

I'm sure there's more, but here are the ones that I can remember: Henry Kissinger He served as the U.S. Secretary of State during both the Nixon and Ford administrations and received the Nobel Peace ...
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Why isn't any unprovoked act of aggression considered a war crime?

An actual judicial definition of these crimes can be found in the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court. The statute distinguishes 4 crimes: The crime of genocide; Crimes ...
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Is the Israeli "complete siege" on Gaza strip a war crime?

Yes, completely cutting off food and water is a war crime. For example, we have the following quote by John Kerry, then US foreign secretary: People are dying; children are suffering not as a result ...
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Why isn't bombing cities under any circumstance a war crime? Same applies to launching attacks from cities

The short answer is that any military effort relies on production and distribution, which is largely carried out by civilians in urban areas. If a nation needs to produce military ordinance or ...
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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?

Slobodan Milosevic thought so, too, and he did end up on trial. Right now Russia is unlikely to hand President Putin over for trial, but that might change. Or at the very least, he might find his ...
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Is the Israeli "complete siege" on Gaza strip a war crime?

I am surprised that none of the answers so far cite actual international law (treaties). From the Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions, article 54: Starvation of civilians as a method of ...
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What reasons has Israel given for limiting food supplies to Gaza?

There's a poll that found that Israelis want food/aid traded for hostages: Also regarding the hostages, Channel 12 asked whether Israelis support halting humanitarian aid to Gaza until Hamas returns ...
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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?

Does the ICC really believe they'll ever get to try Putin in their court? What the ICC really believes is included in the video statement of ICC President Judge Piotr Hofmański (link, YouTube video) (...
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Why didn’t the ICC issue an arrest warrant for Bashar al-Assad?

As you note, the ICC does not have territorial jurisdiction over crimes committed in Syria because Syria is not a state party to the Rome statute. A Security Council resolution which would have ...
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Are there any strategic reasons that Russian authorities would allow indiscriminate killing of Ukrainian civilians?

I am not sure why you would think that Russia's "official declarations" have any weight. Russian lying has been one of the most consistent elements of this war. Nor do I understand why you ...
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Why isn't bombing cities under any circumstance a war crime? Same applies to launching attacks from cities

There is the concept of declaring a city about to be occupied an open city. Attacking an open city is not acceptable, but neither is defending it or using it as a base for attack. Looking at this the ...
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Can war crimes ever be justified as self-defense?

The use of force by the military (to include properly organized insurgents) is measured by military necessity, distinction, and proportionality. An attack is illegal if there is no military benefit ...
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Has a Nobel Peace laureate ever been accused of war crimes?

The closest I can think of is Henry Kissinger. He has accused by many of war crimes, with a judge in Argentina considering him a 'defendant or suspect'.
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Is the Israeli "complete siege" on Gaza strip a war crime?

As hinted in comments, the Israeli declaration (& actions) has/have already elicited protest from a UN commissioner, as France24 streamed: 10:40am Total siege of Gaza 'prohibited' under ...
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Why isn't bombing cities under any circumstance a war crime? Same applies to launching attacks from cities

There is a real risk in creating laws that do not achieve a minimum threshold of actual buy-in and compliance. For examples, you could refer to the US Prohibition. Or the Hague 1899 Convention ...
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Are there any strategic reasons that Russian authorities would allow indiscriminate killing of Ukrainian civilians?

It's probably a mix of different factors, as others have noted: "Nazis". Well, Nazis are "bad people" and since the troops were told Ukrainians were "Nazis", you get ...
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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?

This is not unfamiliar waters for the ICC. ICC usually operates under the circumstances in which those it accuses of crimes are well-protected in their home countries. The purpose of ICC is to bring ...
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Why isn't any unprovoked act of aggression considered a war crime?

Waging a war of aggression is prohibited under international law in the same way as war crimes, although it isn’t a war crime itself - these are generally defined as crimes that take place during the ...
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Is there a plausible military purpose for the recent use of white phosphorus in Gaza?

Dunno what Israel would say here precisely, but this is what the US said a while back: The March/April 2005 issue of an official Army publication called Field Artillery Magazine reported that "...
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Why would countries attack civilian facilities like hospitals during war?

First of all, we do not really know anything reliable about the specific circumstances of the bombing of the Mariupol children's hospital. All the information we got is from the belligerents, who both ...
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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?

The comparable cases are the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir (source, The Guardian). Gaddafi was toppled and killed months after his warrant was announced. ...
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On what grounds do the USA-affiliated forces and citizens reside in Syria if Syrian government objects?

As a matter of international law, the United States has argued since the Obama administration’s September 2014 Article 51 letter to the U.N. Security Council that the use of force against ISIS within ...
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Why isn't bombing cities under any circumstance a war crime? Same applies to launching attacks from cities

Because if you make the main objective of a war illegal, no one will care about your law. Wars are fought for control over territories, and you hold territory by holding the administrative centers of ...
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Why isn't any unprovoked act of aggression considered a war crime?

Others have already explained that war is in fact generally prohibited in international law. The notion of war crimes is still important because it means that even if you engage in an illicit war, you ...
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Are there any strategic reasons that Russian authorities would allow indiscriminate killing of Ukrainian civilians?

Besides some possible pure revenge killings when withdrawing (not unheard of in other wars/armies), from what I understood from the Western reporting on the matter, males were shot after being ...
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Is it illegal for Russia to kill Ukrainian President Zelenskyy?

An unprovoked war of aggression is against international law. Russia claims to have justification, most of the world disagrees. Apparently, Russia still denies that there is a war between Russia and ...
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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?

Bombing power infrastructure is one of the many areas where it being a war crime or not depends quite significantly on the decision making process that led there. Power plants are not in themselves ...
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Why isn't bombing cities under any circumstance a war crime? Same applies to launching attacks from cities

It's generally acknowledged that deliberate and indiscriminate targeting of cities, even with a military objective, can be viewed as contrary to the principles of the laws of war. There is no need ...
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