International Bar Association urges restraint and adherence to international law amid escalating conflict in the Middle East

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Statement by the President of the International Bar Association Almudena Arpón de Mendívil Aldama

The International Bar Association (IBA) is deeply concerned and alarmed by the recent surge in hostilities in the Middle East. As the situation rapidly deteriorates, the IBA calls on all parties to exercise utmost restraint, halt the spiralling violence and adhere to their obligations under international law.

The escalating violence poses a grave and imminent threat to stability in the region and beyond. Against the backdrop of extreme global tensions, the gravity of the situation in the Middle East cannot be overstated. These heightened conflicts have already unleashed a wave of devastation, compounding human suffering and undermining efforts towards global peace and security. The moment's urgency demands swift and decisive action to de-escalate tensions, foster dialogue, and adhere to the fundamental principles of international law.


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