Accountability of armed opposition groups in international by Liesbeth Zegveld

By Liesbeth Zegveld

Armed competition teams in general struggle governments, looking overthrow and/or secession. yet who's in charge lower than foreign legislations for the acts dedicated by means of those teams, or for the failure to avoid those acts? Zegveld examines the necessity legally to spot the events concerned whilst armed inner clash arises, and the truth in their call for for rights. even if at present such a lot armed conflicts are inner, they continue to be mostly uncharted territory in legislation. This award-winning examine should be of curiosity to lecturers, postgraduate scholars and execs concerned with armed clash and diplomacy.

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Like armed opposition groups, individuals cannot accede to international treaties, they derive their international rights and obligations through the state under which jurisdiction they live. However, the international rules applicable to individuals are limited to prohibitions on committing a limited number of international crimes. Common Article 3 and Protocol II do not merely require armed opposition groups not to commit the most serious crimes. 24 There is some evidence that international bodies acknowledge the problem of the origin of the obligations of armed opposition groups under multilateral treaties.

8, at 37. Similarly, the UN Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan, Ermacora, considered that the conflict in Afghanistan ‘must be considered as one of a non-international character within the meaning of Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions’, 1985 Report of the Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan, above, n. 5, at 43; see also A/40/40 at 122 (1985), General Assembly of the United Nations (the Government of Afghanistan denying that the situation in that country constituted an armed conflict within the meaning of Common Article 3).

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