oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - International humanitarian law and the ICRC in the Republic of the Sudan

Volume 36, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



This paper outlines the background to the conflict in the Sudan. It provides a brief summary of international humanitarian law, before introducing the ICRC and its relationship to international humanitarian law. The 'dual and special' role of the ICRC in the Sudan is examined, leading to the conclusion that, in the context of civil war, for the organisation to subordinate one of its dual roles to the other is to endanger the very raison d'etre of the organisation itself.

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