The War Report 2013: Armed Conflicts and their Consequences

Posted on January 27, 2015

The War Report 2013, launched in December 2014, identifies and describes all armed conflicts in the previous calendar year. It also gives information about ongoing crisis and conflicts. The War Report is designed as a resource for those working in the field, governments, policy-makers, journalists, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations.

In Part I, the Report describes its criteria for the identification and classification of armed conflicts under international law. It sets out a list of armed conflicts in 2013, categorizing each as international, non-international, or a military occupation, with estimates of civilian and military casualties. In Part II, each of the conflicts identified in Part I are examined in more detail.Part III of the Report provides detailed thematic analysis of key legal developments which arose in the context of these conflicts.

This third Part of The War Report 2013 includes a chapter on Protecting Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict: In Chapter 7, Megan Burke and Loren Persi Vicentic look at how law and policy endeavor to protect persons with disabilities in conflicts, an area justly given renewed impetus by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ***

***Note: In January 2015 the UN Security Council expects to hold an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

The War Report 2013 Edited by Stuart Casey-Maslen, Head of Research, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
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