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Sixth Committee Debate on the ‘Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions 1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts’

October 29, 2012

Last week, the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations discussed the ‘Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions 1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts’. This item was first placed on the agenda of the United Nations in 1982 at the request of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The General Assembly considers the question bi-annually, after first receiving a report prepared by the Secretary-General.

This year’s report can be found here and contains information received by eighteen Member States and the ICRC. In their submissions, the Member States are supposed to document the measures that they have taken to strengthen the existing body of international humanitarian law, inter alia with respect to its dissemination and full implementation at national level. The full record of the General Assembly debate before the Sixth Committee is found here.

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