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International Humanitarian Law And Human Rights

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International humanitarian law (IHL) is increasingly perceived as the part of human rights law applicable in armed conflict. This trend can be traced back to the United Nations Human Rights Conference held in Tehran in 1968, which not only encouraged the development of humanitarian law itself, but also marked the beginning of a growing use by the United Nations of humanitarian law during its examination of the human rights situation in certain countries or during its thematic studies. Both human rights and humanitarian law contain rules for the treatment and protection of human beings based on the consideration of humanity. While the purpose of both IHL and international human rights law is to obtain the respect of the individual, each of these branches of law have their own implementation mechanisms tailored to respond to the typical situations for which they were created.

Keywords: international human rights; international humanitarian law (IHL); United Nations



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