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Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (Protocol II), 8 June 1977.
' The High Contracting Parties, '
' Recalling ' that the humanitarian principles enshrined in Article 3
common to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, constitute the foundation of respect for the human person in cases of armed conflict not of an international character,
' Recalling ' furthermore that international instruments relating to human rights offer a basic protection to the human person,
' Emphasizing ' the need to ensure a better protection for the victims of those armed conflicts,
' Recalling ' that, in cases not covered by the law in force, the human person remains under the protection of the principles of humanity and the dictates of the public conscience,
' Have agreed ' on the following:
Commentary of 1987