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Human Rights are violated on a massive scale the world over. International Humanitarian Law is flouted without compunction in conflict after conflict. Some 14 million refugees have taken refuge in foreign lands. Civilians are deliberately targeted in war. Women are raped. Children are abused. Human rights and humanitarian NGOs deploy staff on the ground in the hope of helping people in need and bringing their plight to the outside world. An ICRC study of The Roots of Behavior in War reached the conclusion that "supervision of weapons-bearers, strict orders relating to proper conduct and effective penalties for failure to obey those orders are essential conditions which must all be met if there is to be any hope of securing better respect for International Humanitarian Law. The highest protection organ of the United Nations, the Security Council, has been endeavoring to generate greater protection for civilians in armed conflicts.

Keywords: armed conflicts; human rights; ICRC study; international humanitarian law



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