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Part I The Foundations of International Human Rights Law, 5 Basic Concepts of International Humanitarian Law

From: The Law of International Human Rights Protection (2nd Edition)

Walter Kälin, Jörg Künzli

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 June 2024

Subject(s):
Human rights — Armed conflict

This chapter deals with the obligations of states and other duty bearers under international humanitarian law. As in the case of human rights obligations, it distinguishes between the nature and scope of obligations under international humanitarian law and the different aspects of the scope of application. A model is then developed for examining violations of international humanitarian law. However, before discussing these aspects, it first considers the important principle that humanitarian law, as lex specialis, is applicable only during times of armed conflict. The chapter focuses on those among the provisions of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols that have a direct bearing on human rights.

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