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Word: impunity

Definition: freedom from punishment or harm; CF. punish


Sentences Containing 'impunity'

A 2011 study in the American Journal of Public Health states that rape in Congo has metastasized amid a climate of impunity and has emerged as one of the greatest human crises of our time.
All would pay deference to an officer like you, with a fierce mustache and a long sabre, but they think they may crush a poor weeping girl with impunity.''
Around Hereford and Monmouth, where the Catholic Earls (from 1642 Marquesses) of Worcester held sway at Raglan Castle, the old religion was for long periods practised with impunity.
At the particular time when these discoveries were made, the superiority of force happened to be so great on the side of the Europeans, that they were enabled to commit with impunity every sort of injustice in those remote countries.
Both states tactically "exchanged" the impunity of the Italians accused by Yugoslavia for the renunciation to investigate the "foibe" and avoid investigations and responsibility on their part.
By the time it was made in 1984, shooting in Hong Kong had become practically impossible – firstly, because the action stars had become so famous that they could not walk through the streets with impunity, and secondly due to the mounting difficulties in obtaining a permit from the government in order to film in Hong Kong.
Having impulsively, it is probable, and perhaps somewhat prematurely revealed the prime but private purpose of the Pequod's voyage, Ahab was now entirely conscious that, in so doing, he had indirectly laid himself open to the unanswerable charge of usurpation; and with perfect impunity, both moral and legal, his crew if so disposed, and to that end competent, could refuse all further obedience to him, and even violently wrest from him the command.
He's not got blood enough to go in for felony with impunity.
However, of the 1,200 Italians wanted for war crimes, none were brought to trial: Italy tactically "exchanged" the impunity of the Italians accused by Yugoslavia for the renunciation to investigate the "foibe" and avoid investigations and responsibility on their part.
I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there."
If you allow people to break agreements with impunity, the appetite grows to feed on such things.
Implying that Hitler was emboldened by this impunity, Lau speculated: ""Maybe, say, this Babi Yar was also a test for Hitler.
In Guatemala, impunity provided as part of the peace process since 1996, following a 30-year civil war, has allowed former members of the state security apparatus in charge of repression new opportunities for criminal activity.
Poodle clippers plied their trade; jugglers amused the "quid nuncs" with feats of dexterity; traveling dentists pulled teeth and sold balsams ; clowns tumbled, and last, but not least, pickpockets lifted purses and silk handkerchiefs with impunity.
Rinnan operated with impunity and little interference from his German taskmasters, often using murder and torture as sanctioned means.
Salam’s mandate at the UN has been marked by his repeated interventions before the Security Council defending Palestinian National Rights, calling for security and stability in South Lebanon through the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, and for an end to impunity through the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the matter of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolution 1757.
So perfect was the organisation of the society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with impunity, or in which any of its outrages were traced home to the perpetrators.
So, we are told, the New Hollander goes naked with impunity, while the European shivers in his clothes.
The book also asserts that, after the siege was over, some twenty-eight bodies were dumped into a mass grave and apparently soaked with acid, in order to make identification difficult. Carrigan argued that the bodies of the victims of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano eruption, which buried the city of Armero and killed more than 20,000 people, were dumped into the same mass grave, making any further forensic investigations impractical. Despite numerous investigations and lawsuits to date, impunity prevailed for most of the subsequent decades.
The Franks lacked an effective fleet, so the Danes could raid more or less with impunity.
The ICJ also initiated the drafting of the set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through Action to Combat Impunity and the Basic Principles and Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Violations of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, both under examination at the UN Human Rights Commission and also received the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 1993.
This was the direct result of an international conference on impunity, organised by the ICJ under the auspices of the United Nations in 1992, which adopted an appeal asking the Vienna conference to "set up an international penal tribunal…in order to finally break the cycle of impunity".
When Randle McMurphy arrives at the hospital, however, her dictatorial rule is nearly toppled; he flouts her rules with impunity, and inspires other patients to follow.
``But surely,''said she,``I may enter his county without impunity, and rob it of a few petrified spars without his perceiving me.''
``I mean that if there were, it would be impossible to draw up with impunity two such deeds as these.

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