when is a crime considered a crime against humanity?

s0meguy

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Several large scale courts around the world grant themselves the authority to try a member of a species by the name of homo sapiens for a crime against humanity... I was thinking of this and wondering when a crime becomes a crime against humanity.

Is there a criterium for this.. like, a certain amount of people that have to be affected by the deed?

Is denying someone his or her rights as a human a crime against humanity, such as a fair trial before being put to death...

Even if said person denied other people trial before being terminated?
 
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They're defined as repeated, systematic acts of persecution or atrocities carried out by a government or a recognised authority against 1 or more people.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimes_against_humanity

A crime against humanity is a term in international law that refers to acts of persecution or any large scale atrocities against a body of people, as being the criminal offence above all others.[1]

The Rome Statute Explanatory Memorandum states that crimes against humanity "are particularly odious offences in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. However, murder, extermination, torture, rape, political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice. Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights, or depending on the circumstances, war crimes, but may fall short of meriting the stigma attaching to the category of crimes under discussion."
Naturally it's always the victors who get to decide what constitutes an 'atrocity' and what constitutes 'collateral damage' (for instance).
 
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