Department of Preventing War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity by Terrorism
The Department implements the UN General Assembly Conventions on Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity, 26 November 1968. A war crime is include intentionally killing civilians or prisoners, torturing, destroying civilian property, taking hostages, performing a perfidy, raping, using child soldiers, pillaging, declaring that no quarter will be given, and seriously violating the principles of distinction and proportionality, such as strategic bombing of civilian populations.
The use of chemical and biological weapons in warfare are also prohibited by numerous chemical arms control agreements and the Biological Weapons Convention. War crimes are sometimes part of instances of mass murder and genocide though these crimes are more broadly covered under international humanitarian law described as crimes against humanity.
Wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. War crimes, massacres, genocide, ethnic cleansing, including summary executions, state terrorism or state sponsoring of terrorism, death squads, kidnappings and forced disappearances, military use of children, unjust imprisonment, torture, rape, political repression, racial discrimination, religious persecution, and other human rights abuses reach the threshold of crimes against humanity in the Libyan genocide, the Syrian genocide and the Yemenis genocide.
Wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority.