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International Review of the Red Cross, 2011 - No. 883 – Engaging armed groups

The International Review of the Red Cross is a quarterly published by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Cambridge University Press.


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Issue No. 883 – 2011

Theme – Engaging armed groups

Download pdfPDF 6 MB Most wars today pit states against armed groups, and talking with such groups is therefore vital for all those working to promote compliance with the law and strengthen the protection of conflict victims. Reaching them, however, involves overcoming material, security-related, legal and political obstacles. What arguments can be invoked to convince armed groups? How can their adherence to international humanitarian law (IHL) be strengthened when they are themselves outlaws according to domestic law? How to engage with armed groups in an international context in which any dialogue may be perceived as a form of betrayal or complicity?

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Engaging armed groups

Selected articles on IHL

Comments and opinions

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