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Ratification of International Humanitarian Treaties

If we take twenty-two international humanitarian treaties that protect victims of war and restrict certain weapons, we find that, as with international human rights treaties, these treaties have not been universally ratified.

Click on a year to find out the cumulative count of major international humanitarian treaties
signed by each country.

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

Why do you think so many states ratify humanitarian treaties over time?
Does this history indicate definite progress in protecting human dignity in war?

International Committee of the Red Cross
Crimes of War Project