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  • Crimes committed by soldiers, political leaders, or civilians during times of war that are punishable under international law. Although acts that would be criminal during times of peace are sometimes permissible in times of war (such as the killing of enemy soldiers), there are rules of war that are specified in the Geneva Conventions. Mistreatment of civilians or of prisoners of war and rape of civilians, soldiers, or prisoners in the context of war would each be considered war crimes under international law. The International Criminal Court at the Hague has been established to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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