lawful combatant

Definitions of "lawful combatant"
  1. An individual who is part of a recognized military force participating in a declared conflict
  2. An individual who participates voluntarily in a conflict as part of a militia or similar group, who is under a recognized command, can be easily identified, openly carries weapons, and behaves consistently with established warfare rules and norms
How to use "lawful combatant" in a sentence
  1. Due to their status as lawful combatants, prisoners of war are treated differently under international law.
  2. Rebel groups striving to gain recognition as lawful combatants need to follow the laws and customs of war.
  3. Understanding the difference between a lawful combatant and an unlawful combatant is crucial in the application of humanitarian law.

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