DECLARATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE FOR THE PROTECTION OF VICTIMS
Adopted at Geneva, 1 September 1993
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The International Conference for the Protection of War Victims was convened by the Swiss government on the initiative of the ICRC. It took place from 30 August to 1 September 1993. Its aim was to elicit a strong reaction to widespread violations of international humanitarian law and to mobilize the international community to give in-depth consideration to the measures that the states should undertake to ensure universal recognition of and respect for humanitarian law. The Conference was preceded by an intense preparation by diplomatic means and the mass media. 815 delegates representing 160 states as well as observers of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations took part in it. More than 130 participants took the floor in order to emphasize the importance of the Conference and the interest governments attach to respect for humanitarian law. At the end of the Conference the participants adopted the present Declaration by consensus.
AUTHENTIC TEXT: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.
TEXT PUBLISHED IN: Document of the United Nations General Assembly: A748/742, 8 December 1993 (Arabic, Chinese, Engl., French, Russ. Span.); IRRC, September-October 1993, Thirty-third year, No. 296, pp. 377-381 (Engl.); RICR, September-October 1993, 75 année, No. 803, pp. 401-405 (French); Revista International de la Cruz Roja, septiembre-octubre de 1993, Decimoctavo ano, No. 119, pp. 398-402 (Span.); see also the Arabic and German editions of the International Review of the Red Cross; Droit des conflits armés, pp. 897-903 (French); International Commission of Jurists Review, No. 51, December 1993, pp. 56-58 (Engl.); Handbook of the International Movement, 1994, pp. 375-378 (Engl.); Manuel du Mouvement international, 1994, pp. 389-392 (French); Manual del Movimiento international, 1994, pp. 380-383 (Span.).
The participants in the International Conference for the Protection of War Victims, held in Geneva from 30 August to 1 September 1993, solemnly declare the following:
1. We refuse to accept that war, violence and hatred spread throughout the world, and fundamental rights of persons are violated in an increasingly grave and systematic fashion. We refuse to accept that wounded are shown no mercy, children massacred, women raped, prisoners tortured, victims denied elementary humanitarian assistance, civilians starved as a method