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Part IV: Civilian Population

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Part IV of this book reaffirms and extensively develops the rules of customary and conventional international law for the protection of civilians against the effects of hostilities and the abuse of authority in armed conflicts. It is divided into three sections: Section I codifies the customary principles of civilian immunity and reaffirms the modest provisions of Part II of the Hague Regulations of 1907. Section II extensively develops the meager provisions of Part II of the Fourth Convention regarding relief actions in unoccupied territory, and reaffirms the more elaborate provisions of Part III of that Convention regarding relief actions in occupied territories. Section III is intended to fill gaps and resolve ambiguities in the spectrum of protections which Parties to a conflict are obliged to accord to persons under their control, including their own nationals. It is therefore closely related to international human rights law.

Keywords:1907 Hague Regulations; armed conflicts; civilian population; Fourth Convention; human rights; unoccupied territory



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