IRRC No. 271

From the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 26 August 1789 to present-day international humanitarian law

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At first glance, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen has no connection with the 1864 Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field. The former laid the basis for human rights as we know them today and the latter marked the advent of international humanitarian law.

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