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Description de l'entreprise

International humanitarian law (IHL) imposes a number of legal obligations on parties to a conflict that are intended to minimize human suffering during the conduct of hostilities. Yet civilians still suffer. CIVIC encourages parties involved in conflict to adopt tools, policies, and practices that help them implement their legal obligations and to go above and beyond what is legally required by IHL, thus raising the level of protection afforded to civilians before, during, and after conflict. Where prevention fails, harm must be appropriately addressed through the making of amends or provision of post-harm assistance.

Our mission is to work with armed actors and civilians in conflict to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm.

We believe that

  • Parties to an armed conflict have a responsibility and interest to prevent and address civilian harm.
  • Engaging directly with armed actors and offering them practical ways to better protect civilians will ultimately change their mindset on the importance and feasibility of protecting civilians.
  • Civilians are not merely victims of armed conflict but rather active participants in its mitigation and resolution.
  • Identifying, engaging, and supporting vulnerable and marginalized populations is central to our work.
  • Working collaboratively with affected communities, governments, multilateral institutions, and fellow civil society organizations is the most effective way to protect civilians.
  • Innovation is essential to protecting civilians from conflict.