ICRC President Mr. Peter Maurer. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Exactly 150 years ago to the day, the first Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field was adopted, enshrining the idea in international law that even in times of war, a certain degree of humanity must be preserved. Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which together helped to secure acceptance for international humanitarian law on the world stage at that time, are now calling for stricter compliance with this principle, as there remains a lack of effective mechanisms for encouraging compliance around the globe.International humanitarian law has adapted to this change.All too often, serious breaches of international humanitarian law are the cause of this suffering.The principles of international humanitarian law apply universally. Their work is based on a mandate given by the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. They are convinced that states need a forum where they can decide jointly on the measures that are needed to bring better compliance with international humanitarian law. This requires a regular dialogue on current issues of international humanitarian law.
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