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NATO’s New Protection of Civilians Policy: ‘A Strong Foundation’

“NATO’s new policy sets a strong foundation for the protection of civilians in future operations by capturing the hard-learned lessons over the past 13 years in Afghanistan. Since 2007, we’ve worked with both NATO missions—ISAF and Resolute Support—on policies that mitigate civilian harm and we've urged NATO to transfer those good practices to the Afghan security forces. This policy, once implemented, will standardize and strengthen NATO's capabilities on civilian protection and harm mitigation, including capabilities to learn from those operations that have harmed civilians and adjust tactics to avoid harm. It will allow the alliance to work more closely with civil society organizations, and to train allied security forces to better protect civilians on their own. Notably missing from this policy, however, is a standing commitment to make amends for harm done to civilians. We will continue to push at NATO HQ to ensure civilians are recognized and that amends are made for harm suffered.”



Notes to editors:
The Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) works to make warring parties more responsible to civilians before, during, and after armed conflict. We are advocates and advisers finding practical solutions to civilian suffering in war. We believe that warring parties should do everything in their power to avoid harming civilians and that it is never acceptable to walk away from the harm they do cause. 

CIVIC has documented and reported on the war in Afghanistan’s effect on civilians, and their expectations of justice and assistance following harm. Read our reports here.
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