40 agencies to meet for 6-day int’l law forum PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 October 2013 11:46

Forty civil society, government and military representatives from across Southeast and East Asia arrived in the country Sunday to attend a six-day seminar on international laws governing military operations.

The seminar, the eighth of its kind to be held in the region, has been jointly organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the College of Law of the University of the Philippines.

This is the first time the Philippines has hosted the event, which runs from Oct. 13 to 18.

“The seminar will help build a broad understanding of what laws apply in armed conflicts and why they must be respected in the interests of humanity,” Alain Aeschlimann, the ICRC’s head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, said.

“It will also provide a rich forum for civil society professionals involved in the promotion of the law and policy surrounding humanitarian issues to debate their role,” he added.

Experts from the ICRC, the University of the Philippines and Mindanao State University will deliver lectures on various topics, such as the methods and means of armed conflict; non-state actors in non-international armed conflicts, the enforcement of international humanitarian law through international criminal justice and protection of cultural property.

“Participants will take part in practical role-play sessions as well as in more theoretical classes, providing an opportunity to deepen their learning,” Evecar Cruz, the ICRC’s legal adviser in the Philippines, said.

“With representatives from 11 different countries sharing their experiences and insights, the event should serve to build an international network of people interested in humanitarian issues,” he added.