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close this bookMeasures Available to States for Fulfilling their Obligation to Ensure Respect for International Humanitarian Law (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1994, 20 p.)
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentGeneral remarks
View the documentMeasures to exert diplomatic pressure
View the documentCoercive measures that States may take themselves
View the documentPossible measures of retortion
View the documentPossible unarmed reprisals
View the documentMeasures in cooperation with international organizations
View the documentContribution to humanitarian efforts
View the documentProtecting Powers
View the documentConclusion
View the documentARTICLES SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF THE RED CROSS

Protecting Powers

Finally, there exists the system of Protecting Powers which, as provided for in international humanitarian law, is essentially aimed at securing more effective respect for this law. Thus, a Protecting Power is a State mandated by one of the parties to a conflict to safeguard its interests in humanitarian matters vis-is the other party or parties to the same conflict. Although it is true that the appointment of Protecting Powers rests with the parties to a conflict, third States could nevertheless encourage belligerents to have recourse to this system either by approaching them unilaterally with proposals to that effect or by activating interest within the United Nations.