protection of civilians in armed conflict

Sustainable Development Goal 16: can armed non-state actors act, or only obstruct?

Deborah Casalin is a PhD researcher in the Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Law. She previously worked for several years in the humanitarian and development sectors, mainly on issues relating to IHL and human rights, and has previously published on armed group detention under IHL. This contribution draws …

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Guest post by Frédéric Mégret: “Right authority and the privileges of non-state actors in armed conflict”

It is our pleasure to introduce Frédéric Mégret as a guest blogger on the site. He is a Full Professor of Law and a William Dawson Scholar at McGill, and has widely published on different issues, including on international criminal justice, international human rights law, IHL and general international law. Frédéric’s post will present some …

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Engaging Armed Non-State Actors on the Protection of Health Care: Some Promising Steps

Attacks against health care in armed conflicts represent one of the greatest humanitarian challenges of our days. In a number of ongoing situations, medical workers are kidnapped, injured or killed, medical facilities and transports are bombed, shelled or looted, wounded fighters and patients are often under attacked and fighting takes place within or near health …

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News Roundup – 23-30 May 2017

Secretary-General says ‘No one is winning today’s wars, everyone is losing’ as Security Council debates protection of civilians in armed conflict (see here for report on protection of civilians in armed conflict). Statement of the ICC Prosecutor to the UNSC on Libya Airstrikes, ISIL causing civilian casualties in Syria.  ICC says its monitoring CAR violence.  UN …

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Afghanistan- Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict Mid-Year Report 2014

Yesterday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan published its mid-year report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict covering the period 1st January – 30 June 2014. The report was compiled further to Security Council Resolution 2145 (2014) “to monitor the situation of civilians, to coordinate efforts to ensure their protection, to promote …

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Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict debate – February 2013

On 12th February, the Security Council met to convene an open debate on the topic of the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The debate was based on a concept paper prepared by the Republic of Korea which currently has the presidency of the Security Council. The debate was opened with statements by the Secretary General …

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Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict – Update

During yesterday’s day long open debate on the theme of the Protection of Civilians and Armed Conflict, State representatives were given the opportunity to respond to the recommendations contained in the UN Secretary-General’s May 2012 Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Perhaps of most interest to readers of this blog, will be State delegates reactions to …

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Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Today the Security Council is holding its thirteenth open debate on the Protection of Civilians (‘POC’) in Armed Conflict. The Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict has been a thematic issue on the Security Council’s agenda since 1999, when the President of the Security Council asked the United Nations Secretary-General to submit a report on …

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