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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Internment

Marco Sassòli

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 May 2019

Subject(s):
Armed conflict, non-international — Prisoners of war — Geneva Conventions 1949 — Combatants, unlawful — Belligerence — Occupation — Neutrality and non-alignment

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

1 Internment generally refers to the practice of detaining, without trial, individuals, in particular because they are deemed to pose a security threat to the detaining authority. It is therefore a form of custodial deprivation of liberty ( Liberty, Right to, International Protection ) that has no criminal, disciplinary, or punitive aims, but rather seeks to serve as the strictest measure of control over the activities and movements of such persons. As such, internment as a concept and a regime finds its origins in, and has developed as part of, the laws of war,...
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