Red Cross urges African countries to protect people during armed conflicts
An official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC on Monday urged African countries to ensure that people are protected during times of armed conflicts regardless of their political views.
Attacks against women, children and men are “unacceptable,” and the ICRC demands that governments hold their obligations under the international humanitarian law, train the military, and engage civilians to let them understand that even wars have limits, ICRC’s Director of International Law and Policy Helen Durham said.
He made the remarks at a media briefing during the 5th Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law, which kicked off here on Monday.
Over 150 delegates from more than 35 Commonwealth countries and their Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are attending the conference.
The participants will discuss how to address serious violations of the international humanitarian law, particularly how Geneva Conventions are being implemented, as well as share information about national measures of implementing Geneva Conventions taken by each Commonwealth country.
All Commonwealth states need to strengthen their continued collaboration to entrench the protection of victims of armed conflicts, head of the Commonwealth Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform Steve Malby said when opening the conference. Commonwealth countries should not ignore the international humanitarian law although most of them are not in armed conflicts, because the rules of this law are also about prevention of human suffering in conflict, Malby said.