recognition of belligerency

recognition of belligerency
The recognition by one country of a state of war as existing between two other countries. The recognition by a government of a force within the country contending with arms against it, thereby rendering that which might have been an insurrection or rebellion a civil war. 56 Am J1st War § 2. An accordance by the political and executive departments of a foreign government of belligerent rights to a body or mass of people engaged in civil war, by which such mass or body are granted the rights and immunities of civilized warfare and assume the burdens thereof. See The Ambrose Light (DC NY) 25 F 408, 412.

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