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A war crime is a crime that breaks the rules that most people accept when fighting in a war. Today, the rules that govern war are commonly the Geneva Conventions and the Hague Convention. Other cruelties and crimes committed during a war usually do not count as war crimes. As an example, the Hague Convention says that prisoners of war should be treated with dignity, or that an enemy who surrendered may not be hurt or killed.

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