ICRC Promotes Humanitarian Law

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ICRC Promotes Humanitarian Law


COTABATO CITY - In a bid to foster observance of the international humanitarian law (IHL) especially in the plight of conflict-affected people, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is pursuing close coordinations with the state armed forces worldwide, ICRC officials said."The ICRC works with state armed forces worldwide in supporting their efforts to promote awareness of and compliance with international humanitarian law," Martin McDermott, regional delegate of the ICRC to security forces in Southeast Asia, said in a press statement.For the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), top ICRC officials held Wednesday a roundtable discussion with AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo David Jr. and his key subordinates in a joint effort to integrate IHL into the military structure, Allison Lopez of the ICRC public affairs office, said in a press release.Jean-Daniel Tauxe, head of the ICRC delegation to the Philippines, spearheaded the meeting with the top military brasses at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Lopez said.The ICRC has been working with the AFP to increase awareness of IHL by armed forces. Last year, it supported the publication of the AFP's handbook on human rights and IHL, she said. …

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