IRRC No. 257

Law of war training within armed forces: Twenty years experience

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The States which have accepted international treaties on the law of war are bound “to respect and to ensure respect for these treaties in all circumstances”.This general principle, stated in the 1949 Geneva Conventions, has to be put into practice. For that reason, the States “undertake, in time of peace as in time of war, to disseminate the text of the treaties as widely as possible and, in particular, to include the study thereof in their programmes of military and, if possible, civil intruction, so that the principles thereof may become known to the entire population, in particular to the armed forces”.

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