During conflict, fighters must comply with the "rules of war" as enshrined in international humanitarian law and the 1949 Geneva Conventions in particular. These rules set out the limits that the parties to conflict must abide by to limit the impact of war on civilian populations.
For example, parties to conflict must refrain from attacking civilian populations and objects such as schools or houses. They must also respect all hospital facilities and medical personnel, desist from displacing populations by force, refrain from torturing detainees.
Fighter not Killer quiz
Test your knowledge
of the Rules of War
Can you target a hospital if the enemy is shooting from it? Can you accept youngsters as combatants if you are not sure they are over 18 years old? Can you pretend to surrender as a ruse? Are police forces legitimate targets?
You will find all the answers in this quiz. You will be taken through 28 scenarios covering topics such as tactics of warfare, basic rights, healthcare and aid, weapons or child protection. When you have completed all 6 topics you may move on to the Commander Level with more complex scenarios.
Do Not Target Civilian Objects or Public Property
Do not target or attack civilians
Treat all people under your control humanely
Respect and protect medical personnel and objects
Do not use prohibited weapons or unlawful methods of warfare
Do not recruit children or use them in combat or hostilities
Do not commit or permit acts of sexual violence
Do not commit summary executions
Do not bomb indiscriminately
Do not use schools and universities for military purposes
Never recruit and use children in hostilities – even if they volunteer
Do your best to protect children from armed operations