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International humanitarian law, also known as the international law of armed conflict or jus in bello, is comprised of a set of rules that States' armed forces and organized armed groups must follow during any armed conflict in order to limit the damage and suffering caused by them. International humanitarian law is one of the areas of international public law which has been codified more broadly. International humanitarian law is binding on all parties to an armed conflict regardless of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of the resort to armed violence by the party which initiated the conflict. For international humanitarian law, the guilt or innocence of the parties to an armed conflict in the initiation of such conflict is irrelevant. Thus, the alleged violations of international humanitarian law must only be analyzed in light of the standards embraced by it.

Keywords: armed conflict; international humanitarian law

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