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The Diplomatic Conference on Reaffirmation andDevelopment of International Humanitarian LawApplicable in Armed Conflicts, Geneva, 1974 - 1977

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On 10 June 1977, in Geneva, representatives of 97 States, the Holy See and three national liberation movements signed the Final Act of the Diplomatic Conference on the Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts, thus bringing to a formal close the Conference which in the course of four consecutive annual sessions had deliberated, negotiated, and more or less satisfactorily resolved a large number of delicate issues of humanitarian law. The Conference adjourned its plenary meetings and the four Committees of the Whole commenced their work, which was allotted as follows: Committee I: the general provisions opening the two Draft Protocols as well as those on execution, and the final provisions; Committee II: all matters relating to the sick, wounded and shipwrecked, and civil defence; Committee III: the rules relating to the conduct of warfare, combatant and prisoner-of-war status, and the protection of the civilian population.

Keywords: armed conflicts; civil defence; civilian population; diplomatic conference; Geneva; international humanitarian law; law of warfare



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