State crimes

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What is meant by a state crime?
There is a close link between criminal law and the interests of the state. When needed, the state may break their own laws and international laws
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Examples of state crimes
Genocide, War crimes, Imprisonment without a trial and assassination
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Ross: 3 types of state crime
1. Crimes on one country to another 2. Due to direct and indirect actions of the state 3. Between crimes of omission and comission
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What is meant by indirect state crimes?
Government agencies (not under full gov control) undertake in activities which have serious consequences on citizens
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Barak (1991)
Looked at US interference in South American political progresses to ensure US based conglomerates were protected
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Mclaughin (2001): What are the 4 types of state crimes?
Political crimes, crimes by security or forces, economic crimes and social/cultural crimes
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Mclaughin (2001): What is meant by political crimes?
Corruption or censorship (such as by controlling what the media says)
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Mclaughin (2001) What is meant by crimes by security or forces?
Genocide/ torture (Janjaweed were government backed milita in Sudan as an example)
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Mclaughin (2001): What is meant by economic crimes?
Violations on health and safety
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Mclaughin (2001): What is meant by social/cultural crimes?
Involves institutional racism
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Whats the problem with national sovereignity
States are the supreme authority within their borders, so they decide what constitutes a crime, the criminal justice system and how to evade punishment
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Nazi Germany
Hitler stated the T4 euthanisia program in which 270,000 terminally and mentally ill patients were killed between 1939 and 1945
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A02 Barak (1991)
There are issues with human rights which should be regarded as crimes of the state
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A02 South (2004)
Environmental crimes are ignored with this
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A02 Benton
'Greening of marxism' needs to be recognised as capitalism requires a constant stream of natural resources which will stop if the environment continues to decline
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A02: Issues with research
Research funding comes from the upper class who will unlikely donate their money to a cause that will reveal their crimes
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