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Will International Humanitarian Law Protect Tomorrow’s War Victims?

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This chapter addresses the question: whether the Geneva Conventions of 1949 protect war victims today and tomorrow. Over the last few years, the Security Council has produced an impressive series of resolutions calling upon parties to armed conflicts to respect their obligations under the Geneva Conventions and other applicable rules of international humanitarian law. It is indeed worthy of note that human rights bodies play an increasingly important role in the promotion of international humanitarian law. This may strike as strange, given the differences between the two branches of law. On the other hand, their basic precepts are not that dissimilar, and in particular the rules of international humanitarian law applicable in internal armed conflict and those relating to the protection of detained people have borrowed a great deal from human rights law.

Keywords: Geneva Conventions of 1949; internal armed conflict; international humanitarian law; Security Council; war victims



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