IRRC No. 281

National Measures to Implement International Humanitarian Law: Steps taken by the ICRC

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Like any body of law, international humanitarian law (IHL) was intended not as a series of abstract precepts, but as a set of specific rules governing real situations. This is reaffirmed in Article 1 common to the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949, which lays down the obligation for the High Contracting Parties to respect and ensure respect for these treaties in all circumstances.

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