taking of hostages

The taking of hostages, if perpetrated as part of an [[wex:armed conflict]], is a [[wex:war crime]] under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The prosecutor must show the following elements:

  • the perpetrator seized, detained, or otherwise held the victim(s) hostage;
  • The perpetrator threatened to kill, injure, or persist in detaining the victims;
  • The perpetrator intended to compel a state, international organization, or persons to act or refrain from acting as a condition for the safety or release of the victims;
  • the victims were protected under the Geneva Conventions of 1949;
  • the conduct took place in the context of an international armed conflict.