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How far can an individual be held responsible for crimes against humanity? by Mind Map: How far can an individual be held responsible for crimes against humanity?
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How far can an individual be held responsible for crimes against humanity?

Definitions

Crimes against humanity

Responsible

Assumptions

that there is a free and fair court to determine whether the parties are responsible

Victors' justice is not prevalent in the international court

An individual should be fully responsible for his/her own actions

The actions may be condoned by society and the authorities, but are often not forced upon the perpetrator

Command responsibility

An indivudual cannot be wholly responsible for such a widespread and sustained practice of atrocities

Actions of many are due to being subjected to oppression or under orders of someone of higher authority

A person can only create the philosophy , but the actual actions have to be carried out by an allied group

The culture of the perpetrators may have ingrained in them the hatred behind the crimes, and as such the crimes are committed by one or more communities against a select group and not by an individual

Stance

Ultimately, while an individual may be the controlling force and ignite the wave of extreme violence and discrimination, he has to be supported by others in order to build a culture of such extreme hatred; implicating his allies and as such an individual cannot be held wholly responsible for crimes against humanity, although he can be allocated a great portion of the blame.