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Parliamentary questions
15 September 2014

The EU is a major advocate of International Humanitarian Law (‘IHL’) and humanitarian principles and continues to implement the EU Guidelines on IHL, adopted in 2005 and updated in 2009, which serve as a tool to promote compliance with IHL by third States and non-State actors.

For the specific purpose of promoting compliance with IHL and safeguarding humanitarian access (paragraph 21(b) of the 2012 Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy), the EU continues to support IHL dissemination to all warring parties, including armed non-State actors. Concrete examples include EU financial support to a project, implemented by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action and Geneva Call, to provide training in international humanitarian law and related norms to armed non-State actors. In addition, the EU is currently providing financial support to a project enhancing ICRC's capacity to provide IHL training and dissemination for military/security forces and armed non-State actors in key conflict-affected countries: Iraq, Colombia and DRC. In implementation of paragraph 21(c) of its 2012 Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, the EU is conducting a campaign for the ratification of Additional Protocols I and II.

With the current Action Plan coming technically to an end in December 2014, the EU has started a reflection with Member States on how to renew and further improve our experience so far. It will be up to the next High Representative to endorse any decision in this respect.

OJ C 435, 04/12/2014
Last updated: 23 September 2014Legal notice