War Crimes are some of the worst crimes that have occurred over the course of history. A war crime is any of various crimes, such as genocide or the mistreatment of prisoners of war, committed during a war and considered in violation of rules of warfare. War crimes are constantly being committed during war and it is almost impossible to stop. There have been too many instances where these sorts of criminals have gotten away. Victims of war have gotten little or no justice at all, we have to come up with a solution so that there will be a way to punish these terrible crimes. The term “crimes against humanity” is anything atrocious committed on a large scale population of people. In this paper I will cover numerous cases of these horrific brutalities that have occurred in this country and also outside this country.
After WW2 something had to be done. The Nazi soldiers who did this had to be punished in some way, shape or form. The Nuremberg trials were set up to achieve this. These trials were set up to punish these Nazi soldiers who committed such terrible acts against mankind. Before the trials took place the courts had to distinguish how responsible soldiers were who claimed “they were just following orders”. It was determined regardless, the soldier should be punished. With the establishment of this, the defense by the Nazis that they were following orders was thrown out.
On October 18, 1945 twenty people and different organizations were charged with “four counts of conspiracy, crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity”. The trial combined two elements of the law which were Angl-American and civil. The rules of the trial were very different than that of the North American system. There was no jury at all and no right to even appeal the ruling. It ended up with the hanging of 10 of the 11 defendants who received the death...