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Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know

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For everyone who wants to become better informed about the news, this book lays out the benchmarks for monitoring the watchdogs and governments. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, it illustrates what is legal in war and what is not.
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1999)
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Oct 01, 2012 Keri rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent resource for media, international affairs, military and humanitarian professionals to understand the complexities of what is exactly a war crime.
Apr 08, 2007 Mike rated it it was amazing
This book realy opened my eyes to some of the atrocities across the globe. This book gives a good record of war crimes and violations of International Humanitarian Law. The book is laid out from A-Z with Apartheid, Collective Punishment, Ethnic Cleansing, Indiscriminate Attack, Reprisal Killings, and Wanton Dustruction just to name of few of the wonderfull things mankind has done to each other. The Arab-Israeli War, Bosnia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Liberia, Rwanda and others all get covered. Lastl ...more
I know it is a terribly-worn cliché to call something "an indispensible guide," but this book is truly an indispensible guide for those interested in human rights and the violance that has been and is continually perpetrated against those right throughout the world by governments large and small. Laid out it handy reference format, the excellently-written (and often chillingly-illustrated) articles cover an extensive selection of terms that are unfortuantely all-too-familiar to those paying atte ...more
Jan 26, 2008 Tomi rated it liked it
Shelves: war-handbook
A comprehensive book about the crime of war, the definition of each category and the real cases as the example, to help journalists, humanitarian workers and other 'front liners' to identify any crime of wars as soon as possible, as this kind of criminal acts are politically motivated, well funded and hence the evidences as well as the witnesses are usually wiped out at once.

I help translating and editing the Indonesian version of this book, funded by European Union.
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Jan 27, 2008 Chadijah Mastura rated it it was ok
Shelves: alreadyread
I found this book dry and too informative, not an easy bit to digest. Dont take me wrong, maybe this is an important book but I dont like the style. I think there are ways to present heavy materials into an easy-to-read book. But I had helped translating some parts of this book into the Indonesian version, though. Heheh. ...more
Dec 06, 2007 Ryumi rated it it was amazing
buku pinjem dari Mbak Gun, anak Kriminologi UI 2005.
Kerusuhan, perang, pembunuhan massal, senjata kimia, senjata biologi, semuanya ada disini. URUT ABJAD!!
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May 23, 2012 AnnaLee Zenkner rated it it was amazing
One of the most eye opening books I have ever read and it led me to read a lot more, especially regarding sex crimes and crimes against women.
Jun 23, 2007 Melanie rated it really liked it
Excellent compilation and very informative. Everyone should familiarize themselves with the topics in this book.
Apr 04, 2007 Aaron rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Internationalists, those who like being outraged
Very good for an overview, though at times dry, though that's to be expected.
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Journalist and author. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, and a special Human Rights in Media Award from the International League for Human Rights.
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