35. The Provision and Funding of Non-lethal Assistance to Non-state Armed Groups Abroad

In this report the CAVV and the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) discuss how the provision of ‘non-lethal assistance’ to non-state armed groups relates to the key principles of international law.
The report considers the principle of non-intervention and the prohibition on the use of force, and the conditions under which non-lethal assistance to non-state armed entities can result in responsibility or joint responsibility for violations of international humanitarian law and human rights committed by such entities.

The report also identifies elements for an assessment framework with a view to future assessments by the government and parliament. The assessment of the international situation required for this purpose must necessarily include evaluations of political and strategic factors.