IRRC No. 317
Meeting of experts on committees or other bodies for the national implementation of international humanitarian law: Geneva, 23-25 October 1996
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In the past few years there has been a growing awareness of the need to strengthen implementation of international humanitarian law. States thus have to create the means enabling them to fulfil their obligation to respect and ensure respect for humanitarian law. This requires them to take action in peacetime and to adopt national measures to guarantee compliance with the law in all circumstances.