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Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa$
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Jennifer Moore

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199856961.001.0001

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Tools for Implementing Humanitarian Law

Tools for Implementing Humanitarian Law

Courts, Troops, the Media, Development, and Communities

(p.177) Chapter 6 Tools for Implementing Humanitarian Law
Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa

Jennifer Moore

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines five important mechanisms or tools for the practical implementation of humanitarian law in Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Burundi: courts, troops, media, development, and communities. It examines how these mechanisms enable international law to respond to armed conflict and widespread abuses of human rights. It also considers the judicial and military realms most often taken into account in international legal and policy discussions. More specifically, it discusses international and domestic criminal prosecutions against individuals implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity; military incursions, humanitarian interventions, and peacekeeping operations in regions of armed conflict; how international law operates in the domains of public opinion, social welfare, and local communities; human rights education and advocacy, including “naming and shaming”; development programs that are primarily focused on the alleviation of poverty; and social healing initiatives such as national truth commissions and local reconciliation ceremonies.

Keywords:   humanitarian law, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Burundi, armed conflict, human rights abuse, war crimes prosecution, crimes against humanity, naming and shaming, international law

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