The Banning of Anti-Personnel Landmines: The Legal Contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross

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The 26th International Conference of the
Red Cross and Red Crescent
1995
The total elimination of anti-personnel mines was endorsed as a goal by the 1995 quadrennial International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, made up of States Parties to the Geneva Conventions, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and their International Federation, and the ICRC. The Conference specifically welcomed the unilateral steps which some States had taken towards eliminating all types of antipersonnel landmines and the moratoriums on the export of anti-personnel landmines instituted by many States, and urged States that had not yet done so to take similar unilateral measures at the earliest possible date.
Resolution 2 Protection of the civilian population in period of armed
conflict (excerpt)
The 26th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, deeply alarmed
—by the spread of violence and the massive and continuing violations of international humanitarian law throughout the world,
—by the immense suffering this causes among the civilian population in cases of armed conflict or foreign occupation of a territory, and in particular by the spread of acts of genocide, the practice of “ethnic cleansing”, widespread murder, forced displacement of persons and the use of force to prevent their return home, hostage-taking, torture, rape and arbitrary detention, all of which violate international humanitarian law,
—by the serious violations of international humanitarian law constituted by acts aimed at the expulsion of the civilian population from certain areas or even the extermination of the civilian population, or by compelling civilians to collaborate in such practices,

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