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The Second Lebanon War: Reflections on the 2006 Israeli Military Operations against Hezbollah

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The military operation by Israel in Lebanon, which started on 12 July 2006 and ended on 14 August 2006, has several features that distinguish it from other recent armed conflicts. The hostilities were between a state and a paramilitary organisation operating from the territory of another state. In response to accusations of human rights violations, two separate investigations were carried out after hostilities ended. The first was by a group consisting of three special rapporteurs from the UN Human Rights Council and a representative of the UN Secretary General, who visited Israel and Lebanon between 7 and 14 September 2006. The second investigation was carried out by a group of three lawyers appointed by the Human Rights Council. This chapter discusses the origin of the conflict and considerations of jus ad bellum. This is followed by a reflection on the role and function of the Security Council in this conflict.

Keywords: armed conflicts; human rights violations; Israel; Lebanon; military operation; paramilitary organisation; Security Council; UN Human Rights Council; UN Secretary General



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