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Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention: ICRC participation and statement

05-12-2001 News Release 01/65

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today took part as an observer in the Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, convened by Switzerland in Geneva. On this occasion, the ICRC made a statement reaffirming the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the territories occupied since 1967 by the State of Israel and highlighting humanitarian issues in relation to the occupation and the current violence.

The ICRC was not involved in preparations for the conference, but has always welcomed all individual and joint efforts by States party to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to respect and ensure respect for international humanitarian law.

In view of the current humanitarian situation, the ICRC again called upon all parties concerned to make every possible effort to spare civilian lives and preserve a measure of humanity. The steady deterioration of the humanitarian situation over the last few months and, in particular, the tragic events of the past few days have highlighted the need to break the spiral of violence and restore respect for international humanitarian law.

The ICRC was represented at the conference by Mr François Bugnion, Director for International Law and Communication, and three other staff members.

 
ICRC statement at the Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention