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The Era Of Honor

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The beginning of the Era of Honor is marked by the signing of the Geneva Conventions. These conventions provide that grave breaches of the humanitarian norms in the context of an international armed conflict lead to individual criminal responsibility and universal jurisdiction. On this basis, from the perspective of the Geneva Conventions, rape is an injury to the woman's "honor" in its social meaning, rather than "dignity" in the sense of her inherent dignity as a human being. This discussion about the Era of Honor would be incomplete without referring to Janet Halley, who supports the position taken by the Geneva Conventions. In her opinion, the Geneva Conventions protect both women and men as part of their universal protection of human beings.

Keywords: Era of Honor; Geneva Conventions; rape



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