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  1. Non-combatant

    Non-combatant is a term in the law of war describing civilians who are not taking a direct part in hostilities, persons, ordinarily medical personnel and military chaplains who are members of the armed forces but are protected because of their specific duties; and combatants who are hors de combat; that is, sick, wounded, detained, or otherwise disabled. Article 50 Protocol I defines a civilian as a person who is not a privileged combatant. Article 51 describes the protection that must be given to civilians and civilian populations. Chapter III of Protocol I regulates the targeting of civilian objects. Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court also prohibits attacks directed against civilians. Not all states have ratified Protocol I or the Rome Statute, but it is an accepted principle of international humanitarian law that the direct targeting of civilians is a breach of the customary laws of war and is binding on all belligerents. Article 3 in the general section of the Geneva Conventions states that in the case of armed conflict not of an international character that each Party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions to non-combatants: They shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, with the following prohibitions:

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  1. non-combatant

    Any person connected with an army, or within the lines of an army, who does not make it his business to fight, as any one of the medical officers and their assistants, chaplains, and others, also any of the citizens of a place occupied by an army; also, any one holding a similar position with respect to the navy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of non-combatant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of non-combatant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of non-combatant in a Sentence

  1. Mick Mulroy:

    Targeting generals is fully lawful, targeting non-combatant civilians is not, Mulroy said. If Russian generals don't want to be targeted, they should withdraw their forces and return to Russia.

  2. Ukrainian Parliament:

    This is yet another example of the illegal, cynical and barbaric acts perpetrated by the Russian armed forces in the context of their reckless and unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, we call on the Russian military authorities to Ivan Fedorov immediately and to ensure that Ivan Fedorov health and safety is preserved. We urge the Russian authorities to fully respect the Geneva Conventions on combatants and non-combatant civilians and prisoners of war, as well as all relevant provisions of International Humanitarian Law.


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