Humanitarian Law

The awful truth is that civilians today are not just “caught in the crossfire.” They are not accidental casualties or “collateral damage” as the current euphemism has it. All too often, they are deliberately targeted.

Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

International Humanitarian Law  (IHL) is codified in Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocols. Although both human rights and International Humanitarian Law are concerned with the protection of the individual and complement each other, they differ in their focus. Humanitarian law applies specifically to situations of armed conflict, while human rights protect the individual in times of both war and peace.


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