ICRC Customary IHL Database: New update of State practice

by ICRC

ICRC’s Customary IHL database includes an update of State practice of 11 countries relating to armed conflicts and humanitarian issues such as the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack, the recruitment and use of child soldiers in hostilities, sexual violence, the treatment and material conditions of detention of persons deprived of liberty in relation to armed conflict, violence aimed at spreading terror among the civilian population, access for humanitarian relief to civilians in need, the protection of medical personnel and transport and of hospitals and hospital zones, the improper use of internationally recognized emblems, the integration of IHL into the training and operations of armed forces and the prosecution of war crimes.  

Practice up till the end of 2010 of the following countries has been included for this most recent update of the Database:
Afghanistan, Australia, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Israel, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Spain, Venezuela and Viet Nam.  New practice is marked in green throughout the Database.


The purpose of the Customary IHL database is to make not only the rules of customary IHL but also the underlying State and international practice easily accessible by everyone interested in the interpretation and application of IHL. The information in the database is easily accessible by means of three search parameters: subject matter, type of practice and country, which can be used separately or can be combined in a powerful search engine.


To access the Customary IHL database, go to www.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/home


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