Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Rwanda,
the Philippines, Chechnya, Somalia, Northern Ireland, Spain. Armed groups
are active in numerous civil conflicts. Considered "terrorists"
by some, and "liberation fighters" by others, there can be no
doubt that such groups have been responsible for serious abuses of human
These abuses primarily affect civilians
who are caught in the conflict, but they raise many concerns for organisations
that work for peace, protect human rights, or provide humanitarian relief.