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The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law

Definitions are often the first step toward granting or denying a person's rights. Now in thoroughly revised and updated edition, the Guide provides precise meaning and content for terms such as terrorism, refugee, genocide, and intervention concepts that the media have introduced into everyday conversation, yet whose legal and political meanings are often obscure. The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law explains the terms, concepts, and rules of humanitarian law in accessible and reader-friendly alphabetical entries. Written from the perspective of victims and those who bring them assistance, the Guide outlines the dangers, spells out the law, and points the way towards dealing with violators and violations of the law.

Entries in the Guide are complemented by detailed bibliographic references, adresses, phone numbers, and internet adresses of the organizations presented; a thematic index; and an up-to-date list of the status of ratification of the more than twenty international conventions and treaties concerning humanitarian law, human rights, refugees, and international criminal law.

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To cite this content :
Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law, 1 January 2006, URL : https://www.msf-crash.org/index.php/en/publications/rights-and-justice/practical-guide-humanitarian-law

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