Practice Relating to Rule 144. Ensuring Respect for International Humanitarian Law Erga Omnes
In 2008, Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release entitled “Jerusalem attack”, which stated:
Uruguay observes with extreme concern the escalation of violence in the region, and stresses the urgent need for both parties to respect the rules of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, in particular those concerning the protection of the civilian population in all circumstances and in every territory where it is present.
In 2013, in a statement before the UN Security Council during a debate on children and armed conflict, made on behalf of the Friends of Children and Armed Conflict, including Uruguay, the permanent representative of Canada stated:
The Friends … urge relevant Member States to allow for dialogue between the United Nations and non-state actors to influence them to cease violations against children and conclude and implement action plans to this end …
The Friends [network] reiterates its call for the [UN Security] Council to ensure that grave violations against children trigger the imposition of sanctions in all relevant sanctions committees[.]