In his briefing to the UN Security Council last month, ICRC President Peter Maurer appealed to the enduring and common humanity of the 1949 Conventions, calling upon states to keep watch over their legal responsibilities and continue to take the steps to implement IHL. Read the full speech.
What are the effects of respecting IHL? Since their creation, there have been many instances when the application of the Geneva Conventions has offered real protection to those caught between conflict. These examples make clear that complying with IHL can make a meaningful difference.
The first issue of the IHL Bibliography for 2019 is now online. This resource contains a list of recently published IHL documents from the first half of 2019, of use for ICRC delegations, movement National Societies, schools, universities, research centres, legal professionals, and others working regularly on IHL.