LESSON 4 : Civilians
OBJECTIVE: The student will achieve familiarity with the humanitarian rules of warfare
contained in the 1949 Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons
in Time of War. The student will apply the Geneva Conventions to combat scenarios.
SUGGESTIONS: Read and study the text assignment carefully. Then complete the
exercise below, using the text as a reference if necessary.
REOUIREMENTS: Answer the following multiple choice and true-false questions. A
statement false in part should be considered false.
1. It would be in contravention of GC to intern civilians permanently in Siberia if
experience indicates that very few internees survive such internment.
2. The bombing of a civilian structure that results in civilian deaths is a war crime,
regardless of intelligence failures and partial military use of such building.
3. Every incident of collateral damage to civilians is a violation of international law.
4. Indiscriminate attacks are a permissible means to wage war under international law.
5. Civilian spies must be released immediately because they are non-combatants under
the law of war and the Hague Convention of 1907.
6. Assuming school children have a school holiday, it is permissible to destroy the public
(not private) school buildings.
7. Aggressorland has executed 200 PW's from Utopia. Utopia may lawfully conduct the
A. Utopia may execute 500 PW's from Agressorland.
B. Utopia may convict and execute 199 PW's from Agressorland.
E. Utopia may not execute PW's, but may destroy all livestock, farming land and
water in Agressorland.
D. None of the above.