Office of War Crimes Issues Law and Legal Definition

The Office of War Crimes Issues is an office within the U.S. Department of State. This office advises the Secretary of State, and formulates U.S. policy relating to war crimes and other atrocities. This office coordinates U.S. government support for war crimes accountability in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Iraq, and other regions where crimes have been committed against civilian populations on a massive scale. The office is accountable to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. It also initiates to work with other governments, international institutions, and non-governmental organizations, and with the courts themselves, to see that international and domestic war crimes tribunals succeed in their efforts to bring those responsible for such crimes to justice.