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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Flags of Truce

Roberta Arnold

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 July 2020

Armed conflict — Reprisals — Prisoners of war — Conduct of hostilities — War crimes

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

1 A flag of truce is a white flag carried or exhibited by one of the hostile parties. The so-called parlementaire, being the person who carries the flag, enjoys protection. The necessities of war have always compelled the warring parties to deal with each other with some formality. Custom established the use of the white flag by those authorized by one of the parties to enter into negotiation with the adversary. Art. 23 (f) Hague Regulations respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, annexed to Convention (II) with Respect to the Laws and Customs of War on...
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