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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Insurgency

Emily Crawford

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 December 2018

Subject(s):
Armed conflict, non-international — Insurgents and insurrection — Belligerence — Geneva Conventions 1949

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Insurgency is an uprising or rebellion by an organized group against their government or governing authority. Frequently, other terms are used to describe situations of insurgency, including uprising, rebellion, and insurrection. Essentially, these are all forms of non-international armed conflict ( Armed Conflict, Non-International ); however, authorities are frequently reluctant to accept that an insurgency has risen to the level of armed conflict, and will choose instead to downplay the conflict by referring to it as an internal disturbance. A contemporary...
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