Norma relacionada
Sweden
Practice Relating to Rule 1. The Principle of Distinction between Civilians and Combatants
Section C. Attacks against civilians
Sweden’s IHL Manual (1991) states: “A distinction shall always be made between persons participating in hostilities and who are thereby legitimate objectives, and members of the civilian population, who may not constitute objectives in warfare.” 
Sweden, International Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflict, with reference to the Swedish Total Defence System, Swedish Ministry of Defence, January 1991, Section 3.2.1.5, p. 40.
Sweden’s Penal Code (1962), as amended in 1998, provides that “attacks on civilians” constitute a crime against international law. 
Sweden, Penal Code, 1962 as amended in 1998, Chapter 22, § 6.
In its written statement submitted to the ICJ in the Nuclear Weapons case in 1995, Sweden stated: “Under the principle of distinction, an attack on a civilian population or civilian property is prohibited.” 
Sweden, Written statement submitted to the ICJ, Nuclear Weapons case, 20 June 1995, p. 3; see also Written statement submitted to the ICJ, Nuclear Weapons (WHO) case, 2 June 1994, p. 3.
In 2003, in an answer to a written question in Parliament regarding the situation in Colombia, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs stated:
I find it extraordinarily serious that all three major illegal armed organisations, i.e. FARC-EP [Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejercito del Pueblo], ELN [Ejército de Liberación Nacional] and the paramilitary groups gathered around AUC [Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia], have committed and are committing serious assaults on the civilian population, in contravention of international humanitarian law. 
Sweden, Answer by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to written question 2002/03:592 on Colombia, in Parliament, 7 March 2003.
In 2005, in an answer to a question in Parliament regarding the parliamentary election in Chechnya, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs stated: “All violence targeted at civilians is indefensible.” 
Sweden, Answer by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to a Parliamentary interpellation regarding the parliamentary election in Chechnya, 13–26 January 2005, Parliamentary Protocol 2005/06:62, § 3, Anf. 8.
In 2007, with regard to the situation in Gaza, the Swedish Ministers for Foreign Affairs and for International Development Cooperation stated: “Attacks against civilians are in contravention of international law.” 
Sweden, Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for International Development Cooperation, 1 November 2007.
In 2007, in a speech given at the EU Africa Summit, the Prime Minister of Sweden stated: “No quest for stability can justify … the targeting of civilians in conflict. Human suffering and violations against civilians must come to an end in places like Darfur and Somalia.” 
Sweden, Speech by the Prime Minister of Sweden at the EU Africa Summit, Lisbon, 8 December 2007.
In the fight against ISIL and terrorism, the Syrian regime must contribute by ending its attacks on civilians and committing to a genuine political transition. Let us not forget that the Syrian regime is responsible for the overwhelming part of the atrocities committed in Syria. Atrocities which may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, and which cannot be tolerated by the international community. 
Sweden, Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs during a UN Security Council ministerial meeting, 30 September 2015.