IHL prohibits or limits the use o weapons which areparticularly cruel or which do not distinguish betweencombatants and civilians. It also requires the parties toa conict to :
and to rerain rom attacking civilians;
and civilian internees is preserved by allowingvisits by ICRC delegates.
HOW DOES IHL PROTECT?
the our Geneva Conventions o 1949 and their twoAdditional Protocols o 1977. They give the ICRC the right
those protected by humanitarian law are treated accordingly.
WHAT IS THE ICRC’S ROLE?
rules which place restrictions on the use o weaponsand methods o warare.
participating in hostilities.
sufering during times o war.
o armed conict.
WHAT IS IHL?WHY IS IHL IMPORTANT?
IHL is one o the most powerul tools the internationalcommunity has at its disposal to ensure the saety anddignity o people in times o war. It seeks to preserve a
in war there are limits.
“The Geneva Conventions… continue to remind us most forcefully of our common obligation to care for each other…”
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