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Respect for international humanitarian law by armed non-state actors in Africa

31-12-2006 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 864, by Churchill Ewumbue-Monono

This report presents the instruments and strategies used by non-state actors to respect international humanitarian law during intra-state conflicts in Africa and highlights the recognition by these non-state actors of the role of humanitarian organizations.

   

Churchill Ewumbue-Monono
is Minister Counsellor in the Cameroon embassy, Moscow. He holds a doctorate in International Relations from Yaoundé University, and held a fellowship in Public Diplomacy, Boston University. 

 
Abstract 
This report presents the instruments and strategies used by non-state actors to respect international humanitarian law during intra-state conflicts in Africa and highlights the recognition by these non-state actors of the role of humanitarian organizations. It examines the impact of such recognition on the development of international humanitarian law and the activities of humanitarian organizations, and shows the problems encountered by non-state actors with respect to their commitments. It concludes with some suggestions as to a way forward.  

   
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