Analysing non-state armed groups' internal communications : recognising principles of international humanitarian law
Shane van Galen
[S.l.] : [s.n.], 2021
Master's Thesis in international law and human rights, Faculty of social sciences, business and economics, Åbo Akademi, June 2021. - Bibliography : p. 81-96. - Source: https://www.doria.fi/handle/10024/181564 (last accessed 27.07.2021)
This thesis seeks to contribute to the operationalisation of IHL education efforts by recognising the existence of a core set of principles that can be discerned from non-state armed groups’ internal communications. It is based on the analysis of soft law documents, namely codes of conduct, internal manuals, oaths, international commitments and so on, and comparing them and analysing them in light of the laws applicable to non-international armed conflict. The principle of distinction, the prohibition of looting, the use of anti-personnel mines, the use of child soldiers, and the humane treatment of prisoners all find widespread support in non-state armed groups internal communications and can therefore undoubtedly be said to belong to customary non-state armed group law. These findings further advance the dissemination of international humanitarian law by specifying which rules that are less known or adhered to by non-state armed groups need to lie at the centre of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ dissemination and education efforts.
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