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This chapter begins with a recognition that the protection of human rights is in crisis in peacetime and during conflicts. As far as the protection of human rights during conflicts is concerned, the crisis is similarly a daunting one. Today's conflicts are mostly internal ones, fought not by disciplined armies respectful of international humanitarian law but often by a motley bunch that respects no known norms or values. The International Committee of the Red Cross is therefore right to place the emphasis on the responsibility of the individual combatant and upon the law. The human rights components of United Nations peacekeeping operations are certainly doing courageous job, as are the field offices established by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Agencies and organizations such as UNHCR, OCHA, ICRC, and major human rights and human humanitarian organizations have pioneered new approaches to protection on the ground.

Keywords: human rights components; international humanitarian law; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights



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