The national implementation and compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) is a permanent process requiring the cooperation of different ministries and organizations. The establishment of National Committees for the implementation IHL is seen as an effective way to ensure that national implementation measures are undertaken by States.
The Canadian National Committee for Humanitarian Law (CNCHL) was established in 1998, and includes respresentatives from Foreign Affairs Canada, National Defence (DND), Justice (DOJ), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Solicitor General of Canada — as represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) — and the Canadian Red Cross Society (CRC).
This Web site provides information on the CNCHL and its activities, an overview of IHL and information on specific issues such as women and armed conflict, war-affected children and protection of civilians. Links to useful IHL resources are also provided.