The Humanitarian Challenge
Pages: 256pp ISBN: 0-86232-695-8
Since 1949, there have been some 150 conflicts, claiming some 20 million victims, most of whom were civilians not combatants. The purpose of humanitarian law is not to suppress war but to attenuate its destructive effects, to render it less inhumane. This report highlights the progress made in the codification and development of humanitarian law and points to its shortcomings and weaknesses.