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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Protected Persons

Heike Krieger

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 October 2020

Subject(s):
Prisoners of war — Stateless persons — Armed conflict, non-international — Combatants, unlawful — Geneva Conventions 1949 — Protected persons and property — Violations of the laws or customs of war

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

1 Under international humanitarian law, the term ‘protected persons’ refers to civilians as well as combatants who are granted specific protection from the effects of armed conflict by the Geneva Conventions I–IV (1949) (‘GC I–IV’) and their Additional Protocols (Geneva Conventions Additional Protocol I (1977) [‘AP I’]; Geneva Conventions Additional Protocol II (1977) [‘AP II’]). Due to the functions these individuals carry out or due to their special vulnerability, international humanitarian law marks certain categories of persons for specific protection...
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