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Genocide: some reflections on general philosophical, ethical, and legal aspects of a most horrific crime

This paper explores the nature of crimes against humanity and the moments that distinguish such a kind of crime. It indicates that such crime is featured by a quantitative magnitude and number of victims and the qualitative “inhumanity”. By this token, it contends that actions besides extermination (such as psychological persecution, torture, systematic rape, etc.), notwithstanding the horror of these crimes, constitute other types of “crimes against humanity” and do not as such constitute genocide, but augment the overall genocidal character of certain crimes.

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