War victims

IRRC No. 874

The notion of 'war victims' has several connotations: from its narrow sense in international law - where it denotes a person who has been harmed by the consequences of an internationally unlawful act - to its broader sense where it refers to all persons whom humanitarian law seeks to protect in armed conflict. Indeed, it is this latter understanding which is used in the domain of humanitarian action. From a humanitarian perspective, armed conflicts and violence are about people – the risks, vulnerabilities and suffering they are exposed to, and the actions that must be undertaken to prevent, mitigate or put an end to that suffering. In this spirit, the present edition focuses on the people affected by armed violence, and on how they can be better protected, assisted, and treated with dignity.

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