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The Nordic States, Statement to the General Assembly Sixth Committee, Status of the Protocols additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Relating to the Protection of Victims of Armed Conflict

October 15, 2010
 
The Nordic states, as represented by Mr. Hilding Lundkvist, First Secretary with the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the U.N., issued a statement before the General Assembly Sixth Committee on 15 October 2010 focusing on the Status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Mr. Lundkvist directly referenced the Responsibility to Protect norm and the role of States and the international community to protect populations from mass atrocity crimes in his speech before the GA. Furthermore, Mr. Lundkvist reaffirmed the support of the Nordic countries for the Security Council resolutions on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, as well the role and importance of the International Criminal Court in promoting compliance with international humanitarian law. Please see the below excerpts from the speech issued by the Nordic countries.
 
(…) The development of international humanitarian law is also shown in the increasing willingness among States as well as UN bodies to discuss and promote international humanitarian law. The Security Council resolutions on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, on women affected by armed conflict and on children in armed conflict, as well as the resolution on acts of sexual violence against civilians in armed conflict, are welcome reaffirmations of this trend. (…)
 
(…) The International Criminal Court is of paramount importance for ensuring compliance with international humanitarian law. It is important to continue efforts to achieve universal adherence to the Rome Statute and vital that the contracting States support and cooperate with the Court so that it can fulfill its tasks in full. (…)
 
(…) States have a responsibility to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. If a State is not willing or unable to do so, the international community, through the UN, has a responsibility to act with a view of providing such protection. (…)
 
 

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