United Nations A/hrc/19/68


Murder, as a crime against humanity



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Murder, as a crime against humanity

  • The element of murder as a crime against humanity are as follows,

    The perpetrator killed one or more persons.

    The conduct was committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population.

    The perpetrator knew that the conduct was part of or intended the conduct to be part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population.

    1. If an act of murder is defined as a crime against humanity, it must be perpetrated in the context of a widespread or systematic attack against any civilian population whether conducted in a time of war or peace. The mental element of murder, as a crime against humanity, not only includes the intent to cause someone’s death but also the knowledge of being part of a widespread or systematic attack against any civilian population.



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