Armed Groups in Light of the International Humanitarian Law

During the past decade, armed groups became a key party to a large number of armed conflicts worldwide and in most of the armed conflicts in the Middle East today. According to the report of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the number of armed groups in the last seven years only is much more than the number of armed groups that appeared in the past seventy years, which requires developing a clear, precise definition of the term “armed groups”. Therefore, the International Humanitarian Law Unit at Maat issued this white paper as part of the series entitled “What Do You Know about International Humanitarian Law”, which was released by the Unit, to introduce International Humanitarian Law?

How Armed Conflicts Are Classified? -Who Are the Parties of the Armed Conflict?-Does International Humanitarian Law Protect the Armed Group?



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