The EU Guidelines on Promoting Compliance with International Humanitarian Law
Within the framework of its Common Foreign and Security Policy, the European Union has adopted a number of guidelines with the purpose to promote human rights and democratisation in the third world. There are curently six guidelines, among them the guidelines on human rights and the guidelines on children and armed conflict. In 2005, the EU adopted its sixth guidelines on the promotion of IHL.
The purpose of the last guidelines is to set out operational tools for the EU and its institutions and bodies to promote compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL). They underline the European Union's commitment to promote such compliance in a visible and consistent manner.