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Protecting Civilians in 21st-Century Warfare

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Target Selection, Proportionality and Precautionary Measures in Law and Practice
The Netherlands Red Cross
Pages: 160 pages
Shipping Weight: 350 gram
Published: 07-2003
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058500175

Product Description

This book provides its reader with interesting thoughts and materials. The protection of civilians during armed conflicts remains one of the most profound challenges in the realisation of modern international humanitarian law. Armed conflicts of the 20th century have shown that civilians are the main victims of war, and often the very object. Recent armed conflicts have underscored that the concern for the protection and safety of the civilian population is still warranted, even in conflicts where the most technologically advanced weaponry is used. In fact, modern means and methods of warfare provide for new questions with regard to the implementation of international humanitarian law in the area of the protection of civilians.

On 8 December 2000, the Netherlands Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organised a symposium entitled "Protecting Civilians in 21st-Century Warfare: Target Selection, Proportionality and Precautionary Measures in Law and Practice." When the conference took place in 2000 no one could have foreseen the impact of the 11th of September and their aftermath on the discussion of the Protection of Civilians in 21st-Century Warfare. This report incorporates the speeches and proceedings of the Symposium, followed by some final observations and recommendations.