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Providing Tools for an Effective Engagement of Armed Non State Actors to Improve Humanitarian Protection


Armed non-State actors (ANSAs) are key players in today’s armed conflict. In many countries, they directly impact civilian populations and pose increasing challenges for the humanitarian community.  While they are bound by the law of armed conflict, what ANSAs say about it and how they act upon its rules has yet remained insufficiently explored.

Over the next two years, this project, the first of its kind, will examine the practice and interpretation of ANSAs on core norms of international humanitarian law (IHL) and will develop operational guidance for humanitarian actors with the aim to enhance ANSAs engagement towards compliance.