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Part II, 9 Protection of Civilians in the Hands of a Party to the Conflict

From: Practitioners' Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict

Daragh Murray
Edited By: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Françoise Hampson, Charles Garraway, Noam Lubell, Dapo Akande

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 May 2021

Detention — Human rights remedies — Children, rights — Armed conflict, international — Armed conflict, non-international — International crimes — Military matters — Armed forces

This chapter addresses the protection of civilians in the hands of a party to the conflict. The law of armed conflict establishes specific protections in this regard. These rules are consistent with international human rights law, which adds further detail with respect to the content of specific obligations. The chapter discusses the basic standards of treatment applicable to all civilians in the hands of a party to the conflict, covering humane treatment, prohibited acts, arrest and detention, conditions of detention, trial, protection of women and children, giving and receipt of family news, and delivery of relief supplies. It then explains the law on the evacuation of children, protected persons who are aliens in the territory of a party to the conflict, and restrictions on protected persons.

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