The Status of Non-State Armed Groups in Armed Conflicts
Journal of Law and Society Law College Vol. XLIX, No. 73 University of Peshawar July 2018
12 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2019
Date Written: July 2018
The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is historically directed towards regulation of armed conflicts by the States. As custodians and primary actors of international law the States decide the rules and laws which will be followed by them in practise. The rules agreed upon by the states are however enforceable upon those entities which come under the jurisdiction of that state. The status of Non State Armed Groups (NSAGs) during a conflict is also regulated by the law which has been agreed upon by the States. The law regulating the armed non-state actors is not extensive and mostly covered by the laws relevant to the NIAC. Threshold of the internal disturbances converting into an armed conflict is narrow. Hence IHL is only applicable when an armed conflict is triggered. The article looks into the complications of application of the IHL with reference to NSAGs.
Keywords: International Humanitarian Law, Non State Armed Groups, IHL, NSAGs
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