Washington, DC (August 14, 2018) – In response to the inclusion of specific civilian protection provisions in the annual defense policy bill that President Donald Trump signed into law yesterday, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) Executive Director Federico Borello issued the following statement:

“CIVIC welcomes the inclusion in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of specific provisions that recognize the dignity and rights of civilians caught in conflict and promote a higher global standard of civilian protection. These NDAA provisions – namely Sections 936, 1062, 1212, and 1224 – serve to improve transparency and accountability, and encourage the US military to identify and institute best practices for the protection of civilians. Further, the provisions extend the ability of the DOD to offer amends to civilians and families of civilians killed or otherwise harmed in all of the places where the US conducts lethal operations. These provisions will help to ensure that the protection of civilians remains a priority within the DOD.”

Background:

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Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to work with armed actors and civilians in conflict to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm. Our vision is for a world where parties to armed conflicts recognize the dignity and rights of civilians, prevent civilian harm, protect civilians caught in conflict, and amend harm.

 

For more information, contact Piper Hendricks at phendricks@civiliansinconflict.org.