INVITATION - UN Library Geneva - Book Launch -
Weapons and the International Rule of Law -
14 July 2017, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Book Launch: Weapons and the International Rule of Law (14 July 2017).
«The 39th Sanremo Round Table on current issues of humanitarian law, jointly organized by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross, took place in Sanremo from 8 to 10 September 2016, with the purpose of dealing with issues related to new #weapons and engaging in open and fruitful debates in keeping with the traditional “spirit of Sanremo”. The Round Table focused – as did the message of the Secretary-General of the United Nations which was conveyed to the audience at the event – on the crucial topic of the #protection of #civilians which, now more than ever, constitutes a critical and delicate issue in today’s international and non-international armed #conflicts. The indiscriminate use of certain #lethal weapons, as well as the use of weapons which cannot ensure respect for the principle of distinction, in densely-populated areas, and the brutal reality of city warfare, too often cause unnecessary suffering to those who are not directly involved in the fighting and give us, once again, a clear idea of how difficult it is to ensure the effective protection of the civilian population in #warfare.
Although such actions have been condemned by the international community, it is hard to ensure #accountability, in particular, when perpetrators belong to the ever-growing community of non-state actors. Several protocols and #treaties have been signed through the years to regulate the use of weapons but how can compliance of non-state actors with #IHL regulations be effectively ensured? There is no easy answer to such a question, in light of the difficulties of weapons control and the smuggling of and easy access to weapons, particularly in certain areas of conflict. Furthermore, even though #States are no longer the only actors on the stage, they can still play a significant role in addressing issues of compliance with IHL through an efficient regulation of weapons reviews. They can also control and possibly reduce their stockpiles of conventional and unconventional weapons, as well as monitor and address the development of autonomous weapons and cyber warfare.
The proceedings of this Round Table, in line with the Sanremo Institute’s tradition, aim to further develop and contribute to the ongoing debate on these specific issues. I am confident that their publication will provide a useful instrument to highlight, once again, the increasing importance of the promotion and enforcement of international #humanitarian #law and #humanrights in this very rapidly changing security environment.» (Fausto Pocar, President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law)
= PROGRAMME =
— Fausto Pocar, President, International Institute of Humanitarian Law.
— Helen Durham, Director, International Committee of the Red Cross.
— Maya Brehm, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
— Michel Veuthey, Vice-President, International Institute of Humanitarian Law.
= DATE AND VENUE =
Friday, 14 July 2017, 12h00-13h00.
United Nations Library at Geneva, Library Events Room (B-135), 1st Floor, B Building, Palais des Nations, Geneva.
= REGISTRATION =
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 14 July 2017: reg.unog.ch/event/21193.
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