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Should Rebels be Treated as Criminals? Some Modest Proposals for Rendering Internal Armed Conflicts Less Inhumane

Antonio Cassese

in Realizing Utopia

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691661
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691661.003.0039
Should Rebels be Treated as Criminals? Some Modest Proposals for Rendering Internal Armed Conflicts Less Inhumane

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It is common knowledge that, while in international armed conflicts combatants who fulfil the necessary requirements must be accorded prisoner of war status upon capture, in internal armed conflicts normally combatants opposing government forces do not enjoy any privileged status. What should be done to introduce a modicum of humanity into non-international armed conflicts? This chapter shows: how inconsistent the current situation is with the whole spirit and purpose of humanitarian law; and how some new trends in the international community could lead to better legal regulation of the matter.

Keywords: armed conflicts; prisoner of war; rebels; humanitarian law; human rights

Chapter.  2832 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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