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The rules of war, or international humanitarian law, set out what can and cannot be done during an armed conflict. The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols are at the core of this law.
They set out limits to war, offering protection to civilians, and parameters as to what is acceptable and what isn't on the battlefield and beyond.
Some sources of law relevant to IHL
- The four Geneva Conventions (and their three Additional Protocols)
- The Hague Conventions of 1907
- The International Convention on the Rights of the Child
- International conventions regulating the use of or prohibiting certain weapons (such as anti-personnel mines, chemical weapons or cluster munitions)
- Customary laws and other general principles of law
For more detailed information about IHL, please visit our section on War and law.
All civilians should be protected and respected.
It's the law.
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