WASHINGTON (Nov. 9, 2016) – Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) said in a statement today:

Now that the election is over, it’s important to remember that protecting civilians in conflict is not a political issue. It is about adherence to international humanitarian law. Center for Civilians in Conflict believes that ensuring the safety of civilians is a legal and ethical imperative, and we’ve pressed the two previous administrations to make civilian protection a central strategic goal for the U.S. military—an effort reflected in a July 1, 2016 executive order. In the coming months and years, we’ll keep advocating on behalf of civilians in conflicts, because this is about the right of every civilian to be protected, respected and recognized. We hope all those who believe in our work will come together with us to advocate for the men, women, and children suffering in conflict zones across the world.

Help us continue our work to strengthen policies that recognize and prevent civilian harm.

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Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Christopher Allbritton at +1 (917) 310-4785 or chris@civiliansinconflict.org.

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