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Armed Conflict: Civilians

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 95704, tabled on 25 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what plans his Department has to develop an action plan for its policy paper on the UK’s approach to protection of civilians in armed conflict, published on 27 August 2020.

Answered on

5 October 2020

HMG's policy paper on the UK's Approach to Protection of Civilians (PoC) in Armed Conflict reaffirms our commitment to the importance of PoC issues and aims to broaden understanding of our position. The paper reviews our 2010 strategy and outlines key domestic and multilateral activity. Taking into account the changing nature of conflicts and initiatives by a range of state and non-state actors, it outlines areas on which we will continue to focus our work across HMG, working with the international community and civil society to improve the protection of civilians. The UK will always uphold international laws, use our influence to encourage others to do likewise, seek to condemn those that do not, and push for accountability.