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The Centennial of the First International Peace Conference: Introduction

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This chapter talks about the centennial of the first international peace conference. It deals with the reports included in this book in the order of 1899: (1) the law relating to disarmament and arms control; (2) the laws of armed conflict; (3) dispute settlement. It also summarizes the issue of small arms and other conventional weapons came up again recently in a report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the role of UN peacekeeping in disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration. The mandate of the Truth Commission was to investigate "the serious acts of violence that have occurred since 1980, whose impact on society urgently requires that the truth about them be made known to the public". The conclusion of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) follows logically: by applying the Amnesty Law to the case of Monsignor Romero.

Keywords: Amnesty Law; armed conflict; dispute settlement; Inter-American Commission on Human Rights(IACHR); International Peace Conference; Truth Commission; UN peacekeeping



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