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Reprisals in the CDDH

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The Diplomatic Conference on the Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts, convened in 1974 at Geneva on the invitation of the Swiss Government, has just terminated its third (1976) session. This chapter addresses the question of reprisals in international armed conflicts and, hence, in Draft Protocol I. The three main Committees came across the question as follows: Committee I, as part of the general problem of enforcement and sanctions; Committee II, in discussing the extension of the protection afforded by the Geneva Conventions to certain medical services and installations not covered by those Conventions; and Committee III, in the context of its discussions on the protection of the civilian population against the effects of hostilities. The chapter explores that the fourth session of the CDDH will see these prohibitions duly confirmed by the plenary Conference.

Keywords: CDDH; civilian population; diplomatic conference; Geneva Conventions; international armed conflicts; international humanitarian law; Reprisals



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