Methods and means of warfare
When parties to a conflict carry out attacks on or make use of a civilian object, they put the people inside or nearby in serious danger of injury or death. In 2011 there was a worrying rise in damage to civilian objects as a result of attacks.
On 16 February Burkina Faso became the 30th State to deposit its instrument of ratification for the Convention on Cluster Munitions. This is an historic event as it means that the number of States required for the Convention to enter into force has now been reached. Interview with Peter Herby, head of the ICRC's Arms Unit.
- Protocol I additional to the Geneva Conventions, 1977 – art. 35-60
- Protocol II additional to the Geneva Conventions, 1977 – art. 13-16
- Hague Convention IV, 1907
- Protocol I to the CCW on non-detectable fragments, 1980
- Protocol II to the CCW on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of mines, booby-traps and other devices, as amended in 1996
- Protocol III to the CCW on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of incendiary weapons, 1980
- Protocol IV to the CCW on blinding laser weapons, 1995
- Protocol V to the CCW on explosive remnants of war, 2003
Parties to an armed conflict are limited in their choice of weapons, means and methods of warfare by the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) governing the conduct of hostilities. This article goes back to the relevant rules.
31-12-2006 | International Review of the Red Cross | Kathleen Lawand
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