People on War 2016: A snapshot of public opinion

The ICRC took to the streets of Washington to ask people about their opinion on war, torture and how to foster a shared sense of humanity. The distance that we enjoy from conflict has made us immune to the suffering that this world endures. It is clear that we are not informed enough about issues as well as the rules of international humanitarian law. 

Our surveyed showed that 31% of respondents had never heard about the International Humanitarian Law. This law states that civilians should NEVER be intentionally targeted and the use of torture is prohibited everywhere. However, half of the individuals surveyed believed torture to be an accepted ‘part of war’ necessary to get military information. 

It is important for us to understand the limits of war and work towards creating a shared sense of grief and caring for those suffering. We cannot fix humanity by doing inhuman things. 

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