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Protecting power and its role in implementation of humanitarian law

Protecting power and its role in Implementation of Humanitarian law

Karna B. Thapa

Facultyof Law, T.U.


  • PROTECTING POWER Humanitarian law ?

    A neutral or other state not a party to the conflict which has been designated by a party to the conflict and accepted by the adverse party and has agreed to carry out the functions assigned to a protecting power under the convention and this protocol;

    (sec. 2 (c) Protocol I)


Basic criteria
Basic criteria Humanitarian law

  • Should be a neutral state or

  • Any other state not a party to the conflict

  • Should be accepted by a adverse party

  • Has agreed to carry out the function of protecting power


HISTORY OF PROTECTING POWER Humanitarian law :

Concept found existing in ancient period

History goes back to 16th century

Problems of POWs in First world war drew attention and led to the expansion of idea of protecting power

Article 86 of 1929 Geneva Convention ( POWs) gave legality to the idea



PROCEDURE Humanitarian law FOR APPOINTING PROTECTING POWER:

Four possible ways of appointing the protecting power; ( Article 5.2 Protocol I)

First, protecting power may be appointed by trilateral agreement between determining party, opposing party and protecting power. A belligerent State may appoint a state which is not engaged in the hostilities and subject to the approval of the state engaged in the armed conflict


  • Second, Humanitarian law appointment of protecting power through the mediation of ICRC

    Upon failure of trilateral method for appointing protecting power ICRC may accomplish appointment of protecting power through the mediation efforts.

  • Third, Summon to conflicting party by the ICRC to appoint the Protecting power


ICRC Humanitarian law may call to each conflicting parties to submit a list of at least five states which could be appointed as a protecting power.

Each opposing party could be called concurrently to submit a list of at least five states which could be recognized as protecting power.

ICRC compares both of the lists and request the consent of a state specified in both lists to act as a protecting power.


  • Fourth Humanitarian law , appointment of ICRC as substitute protecting power

  • incase no appointment could be made through this method the other possibility exists to designate ICRC or an impartial humanitarian agency as substitute protecting power.


APPROVAL Humanitarian law OF THE DELEGATION:

  • Only to appointing protecting power is not sufficient. The delegates appointed by protecting power shall be subject to approval of the power with which they are to carry out their duties.


  • DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF PROTECTING Humanitarian law POWER

  • To safeguard the interest of parties to the conflict

  • To ensure compliance with international humanitarian law

  • The delegates have free rights of access to the place of internment of POWs.

  • They have right to enter the place where the protected persons may be, the place of confinement, place of internment, place of work




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