Practice Relating to Rule 139. Respect for International Humanitarian Law
In 2008, in a statement before the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly on the status of the 1977 Additional Protocols, made on behalf of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, the representative of Sweden stated: “Respect for, and implementation of, international humanitarian law rests primarily with each state, but it must be recalled that all parties to an armed conflict must respect humanitarian law.”
In 2010, in its written response to the UN Secretary General concerning the status of the 1977 Additional Protocols, the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations in New York stated:
[I]n 1982 the Danish Government’s Red Cross Committee was established. The Committee consists of members from the Danish Red Cross, representatives from various Danish ministries and defense authorities.
The Committee has an advisory and coordinating function with regard to the Danish implementation of the humanitarian law.
The mandate of the Committee is to establish the need for, coordinate and implement administrative measures to secure the continuous compliance with the Additional Protocols and the  Geneva Conventions, especially as regards educational and information activities. In addition, the Committee advises the Government about the interpretation and application of the rules of international humanitarian law.