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Pledge text : International Humanitarian Law Instruments

The EU and its Member States are convinced that national implementation and enforcement of international humanitarian law and other relevant legal instruments which have an impact on international humanitarian law are of great importance and fall under States' responsibilities.

In line with the EU Guidelines on promoting compliance with International Humanitarian Law, the EU Member States pledge:

- to work towards further participation in the principal international humanitarian law instruments and other relevant legal instruments which have an impact on international humanitarian law by considering ratification of the following instruments to which they are not yet all party, namely:
-        Additional Protocol III to the Geneva Conventions;

-        The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its First and Second Protocols;

-        The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict;  

-        The Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines;

-        Protocol II, as amended on 3 May 1996, and Protocol V to the 1980 Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects;

-        The Convention on the prohibition of military use of environmental modification techniques;

In order to improve implementation of international humanitarian law at the national level the EU and its Member States pledge:
- to support States in their efforts to adopt relevant national legislation pertinent to their international humanitarian law obligations;

to support the existing  international humanitarian law mechanisms and to envisage, if deemed relevant, making use of the services of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission constituted under  Article 90 of Additional Protocol I.