This report summarizes the discussions in the four regional consultations of government experts, held during 2012 and 2013, on strengthening legal protection for persons deprived of their liberty in non-international armed conflict (NIAC). The consultations were convened by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) pursuant to Resolution 1 of the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (International Conference). In the consultations, the ICRC sought participants’ views on whether and how the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) protecting detainees in NIAC should be strengthened. The participants were chosen with two factors in mind: balanced regional representation and previous experience with armed conflict. The first regional consultation was held from 13-14 November 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa, and brought together experts from Africa. The second, gathering experts from Latin America and the Caribbean, was held in Costa Rica from 27-28 November 2012. The third assembled experts from Europe, the United States, Canada and Israel, and was held in Montreux, Switzerland from 10-11 December 2012. The fourth, which was held in Kuala Lumpur from 11-12 April 2013, was a gathering of experts from the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
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