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Parliamentary questions
4 April 2014
E-004215-14
Question for written answer
to the Council
Rule 117
Salvador Sedó i Alabart (PPE)

 Subject:  Level of implementation of the EU guidelines on the promotion of compliance with international humanitarian law (mainstreaming of international humanitarian law in EU human rights policy)
 Answer(s) 

The current action plan on human rights and democracy(1) includes four actions as regards the promotion of compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL). The current action plan calls, inter alia, for measures ‘to continue to support IHL dissemination to all warring parties, including armed non-State actors’ (paragraph 21(b)) and provides for the ‘systematic use of political dialogue and demarche campaigns to encourage third countries to ratify core IHL instruments and implement IHL obligations’ (paragraph 21 (c)).

1. What actions have been implemented as regards IHL dissemination to warring parties and in which specific conflicts?

2. What instruments and conflict situations have been prioritised for demarche campaigns? Which follow-up is carried out vis-à-vis countries refusing to fulfil their obligations under IHL and/or refusing to ratify core IHL instruments?

3. In order to limit the effects of armed conflict on civilians and prevent human rights violations in conflict situation, will the Council consider including other means of action to reflect the recommendations outlined in the EU guidelines on the promotion of compliance with IHL(2) in the next action plan on human rights and democracy? In particular, will the EU consider including specific actions relating to campaigns to the general public on specific conflicts (see paragraph 16(c)), cooperation with other international bodies (see paragraph 16(e)) and the promotion of enactment of national penal legislation punishing violations of IHL (see paragraph 16(g))?

(1) https://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/131181.pdf
(2) http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2009:303:0012:0017:EN:PDF

 OJ C 435, 04/12/2014
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