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Conduct of hostilities war crimes

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The Laws of War or, as they are often now called, International Humanitarian Law, have traditionally been viewed as composed of two main branches - Hague Law, regulating the conduct of hostilities and prohibited acts during combat, and Geneva Law, regulating the protection of victims of war, on territory under control of a party to the conflict. This chapter address the relevant elements and controversial issues in the definition of certain war crimes committed in combat. It discusses the following violations of the laws and customs of war: I. Attacking civilians; II. Attacking Personnel or Objects Involved in a Humanitarian Assistance or Peacekeeping Mission; III. Attacking Protected Objects; IV. Mutilation and Medical or Scientific Experiments; V. Treacherously Killing or Wounding; VI. Denying Quarter; VII. Destroying or Seizing the Enemys Property; VIII. Pillaging; IX. Attacking Objects or Persons Using the Distinctive Emblems of the Geneva Conventions.

Keywords: attacking civilians; attacking protected objects; denying quarter; Geneva Convention; International Humanitarian Law; peacekeeping mission; Pillaging; treacherously killing; war crimes



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