Halla lost her entire family to US bombing during the war in Iraq. She now lives with her grandmother. Through the work of Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict (CIVIC) and its founder Marla Ruzicka, the family received a $5000 sympathy payment from the US government.

In Remembrance of Our Founder

When Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) was founded as Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict in 2003, it was as a one-woman mission to get recognition for the victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marla Ruzicka believed that the US government should not walk away from the unintended victims of their military…

IRIN | Is the Saudi war on Yemen legal?

On Monday, a coalition airstrike allegedly struck a camp for displaced Yemenis. Human Rights Watch said the attack “heightened concerns” that Saudi Arabia and its partners were not sufficiently protecting civilians.“The policy needs to come from the top – from Saudi political and military leadership – that protecting civilians is a priority. That then stretches down the chain of command,”…

Prioritising protection of civilians in peacekeeping in the Central African Republic – ODI HPN

The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) has resulted in more than 300,000 refugees and over 630,000 internally displaced people as of June 2014. Thousands of people have been killed. The international community turned to African and European forces and the United Nations to deploy troops to stabilise the country and stop the violence….…

No Safe Place in Gaza

Article by Nicolette Boehland, Harvard Law Fellow at CIVIC. Last September, I went to Gaza to talk to civilians about their experiences during conflict. When I arrived at my hotel, the manager told me with pride that I was lucky to be staying in one of the most secure locations in the Gaza Strip. He…

Practices to Meet and Address the Emerging Challenges of Protecting Civilians in Peace Operations

On May 20th, 2014, the International Peace Institute, together with the governments of Austria and Norway, hosted a seminar that facilitated an exchange and sharing of experiences and best practices among organizations, both at the conceptual and operational level, regarding protecting civilians. It also addressed emerging issues in protecting civilians in peace operations—such as civilian…