Humanitarian Protection

Civilian Risk Mitigation: Why Context Matters

Civilian Risk Mitigation: Why Context Matters

The proverbial dust is now settling on the blast that was the publication of the new Civilian Mitigation Response and Action Plan (CHMR-AP). The reaction to this “response” plan has been mixed to say the least, with some commentators raising concerns that the Plan...

Urban Siege Warfare: A Workshop Report

Urban Siege Warfare: A Workshop Report

[Editor's note: The views expressed in this piece are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the ICRC, PILAC, or other participants.] Siege is a well-established practice in warfare. It seeks to compel surrender, reduce adversary resistance, or lay the...

Ukraine Symposium – War Crimes against Children

Ukraine Symposium – War Crimes against Children

For the 452 million children living in conflict zones (1 in 6 globally), the effects of conflict are multiple, wide-ranging, and devastating. With an increase in asymmetric warfare globally, children are targets of horrific acts of violence, including killing,...

Weaponizing Food

Weaponizing Food

The conflict in Ukraine is threatening the world’s food system. For instance, Ukraine and Russia supply around 30% of global wheat and barley exports. And over 40% of Ukrainian wheat export goes to Africa, where food shortages are endemic. In a March 25 update, the UN...