If international humanitarian law (IHL) was better respected, there would be less suffering. The rules are comprehensive, but often arms carriers do not abide by them, with disastrous consequences for civilians. Getting to the root of the problem has been a priority for the ICRC.
We strive to ensure that IHL continues to be relevant to today’s conflicts and protects the most vulnerable. The true test, however, is whether fighters, and those who command them, abide by the rules. We therefore actively seek to achieve better respect for IHL throughout the world by engaging with fighters and those who influence their behaviour