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Juridical status[edit]

It seems that the concept of combatant has no existence, at least in international treaties. Hague Conventions and Third Geneva Convention are concerned by prisoner of war status and civilian status. Anybody out there? This article should be restricted to juridical definition, not broad dictionary definition (everybody knows what "to fight" means, this is not the scope of this article). Kaliz 17:30, 9 January 2006 (UTC)

Remember WP:IANAL[edit]

My revision to this article moved its phrasing a bit further away from that of the Third Geneva Convention. I remind any reader who might derive legal advice from this that Wikipedia does not give legal opinions, and that there's really no substitute to the Geneva Conventions themselves when you're planning your insurgency. ExOttoyuhr (talk) 16:52, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Levée en masse[edit]

The Levée en masse isn't even mentioned here! Each civilian has the right to fight against foreign invaders, and they have to be treated as combattants as long as they do not conceal their weapons. So the "insurgents" in Iraq who are clearly fighting against foreign invaders are combattants in legal terms and must be treated like POWs according to the Geneva Conventions. They must not be tortured and the IRC must be granted access to the POW camp/prison they are being held in! -- (talk) 10:45, 9 January 2011 (UTC)