Civilian protection in the battle for Mosul : critical priorities
Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, Minority Rights Group
London : Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights : Minority Rights Group International, October 2016
19 p. : photogr. ; 30 cm
Recent precedents from military operations to retake Iraqi cities from ISIS control, including Tikrit, Ramadi, Fallujah and Sinjar, demonstrate a pattern of repeated failures to implement sufficient measures for civilian protection, both in the conduct of hostilities and in planning for the humanitarian consequences. Given this weight of recent practice, it is feared that thousands of civilian lives in Mosul and surrounding areas are now at critical risk. This briefing draws on such recent precedents to identify the critical risks to civilians in Mosul and surrounding areas of Ninewa and the corresponding priorities for civilian protection. It calls for an effective system of responsibility and accountability across parties to the conflict to ensure adherence with international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights standards.