Protecting civilians: A little less conversation, a little more action if you please

DUBAI, 28 May 2013 (IRIN) – As asymmetric warfare becomes the norm and military operations take place in ever more urban and densely populated areas, governments are increasingly recognizing the importance of protecting civilians in the midst of conflict. But a large gap remains between the theoretically robust protection provided to civilians by international humanitarian law (IHL) and the realities on the ground. Recommendations from a recent conference aim to address this gap.