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The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law, 3rd Edition edited by Fleck, Dieter (29th August 2013)

3 Combatants and Non-combatants

Knut Ipsen

From: The Handbook of International Humanitarian Law (3rd Edition)

Edited By: Dieter Fleck

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2019

Subject(s):
Combatants — Principle of distinction — Armed conflict — Prisoners of war
1. International law regarding persons taking part in or affected by an international armed conflict makes a fundamental distinction between combatants and civilians, a distinction being the leading principle and the unchangeable core of international humanitarian law applicable in international armed conflicts. 1 This distinction determines the international legal status of these two categories. They indicate the primary status of persons in the event of an international armed conflict. The acquisition of a new, secondary status is linked to this primary status...
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