Practice Relating to Rule 144. Ensuring Respect for International Humanitarian Law Erga Omnes
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:
States have a duty to respect and ensure respect for international humanitarian law. With universal recognition of the  Geneva Conventions, ensuring respect becomes a common goal for all states in the world. Joint efforts to promote and improve compliance with the Geneva Conventions are needed and must remain a priority.
The representative of Sweden further stated: “We call upon all states and entities to respect the existing body of international humanitarian law”