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Humanitarian Protections Of Prisoners Of War

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The events of the First and the Second World Wars and especially the mass killings of Jewish prisoners in the Second World War were strong proof of a lack of regulations under the international legal system. The provisions of the convention are binding upon all those who are involved in armed conflicts regardless of whether or not they are parties to the convention. In Islamic international criminal law prisoners of war are those who have, in one way or another, been captured during a state of hostility in actual armed conflicts between the conflicting parties and are consequently considered enemy combatants. Islamic international criminal law lays down a number of humanitarian principles in order to protect those who have been captured as prisoners during a regional or an international armed conflict.

Keywords: humanitarian principles; international armed conflict; Islamic International Criminal Law; prisoners of war



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