Ter­ror­ists and laws of war

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

A dozen in­ter­na­tional ex­perts on the law of armed con­flict have with­drawn their sup­port from a June 1 fi­nal re­port by In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) af­ter five years of pro­vid­ing ad­vice. The ex­perts op­posed the ICRC’s fail­ure to de­fine the treaty phrase “di­rect par­tic­i­pa­tion in hos­til­i­ties,” as ap­ply­ing to peo­ple who vol­un­tar­ily be­come hu­man shields dur­ing a con­flict or hos­til­i­ties.

The law ex­perts, who had been asked to help the Red Cross craft a def­i­ni­tion of the phrase, with­drew their names to protest

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