Civilian FAQs:


Q: Is a civilian "a person who is not a member of the military or of a police or firefighting force"?

A: Yes, as defined by Merriam Webster's Dictionary.

Q: Is a civilian one not being a member of the armed services and does not take a direct part of hostilities in times of armed conflict?

A: Yes.

Q: Are civilians a breach of the customary laws of war and is binding on all belligerents?

A: Yes.

Q: Are civilians essentially passive onlookers of war?

A: Yes, and sometimes they have active roles in conflicts.

Q: Is a civilian any person who does not belong to one of the categories of persons referred to in Article 4A?

A: Yes, and , and of the Third Convention and in Article 43 of this Protocol.

Q: Are civilians given protection under the Geneva Conventions and Protocols thereto?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a civilian believed to have been used to refer to non-combatants as early as 1829?

A: Yes.

Q: Are civilians conducting offensive military operations and do not qualify as civilians?

A: Yes.