Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

ICRC holds workshop for lecturers on international humanitarian law

A three-day workshop on international humanitarian law, IHL, gathering close to 70 lecturers, organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, aimed at enhancing the knowledge of IHL among participants and contributing to the academic debate on IHL in Nigeria has closed in Abuja.

Speaking at the meeting, the ICRC Head of Delegation in Nigeria, Eloi Fillion, said, “It is key that future decision-makers are well aware of the law that safeguards humanitarian values in times of war and protects the sick, the wounded and those detained in addition to civilians in general,”

“Academic teaching and research play a key role in interpreting the law in light of today’s situation and ensuring that it is well known, understood and continues to serve its purposes in an ever-changing world.”

Also, in his opening remarks, Professor Adedeji Adekunle, Director General, Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, said, “We are very happy to collaborate with the ICRC for the third consecutive year to organise a debate on how IHL applies to today’s battlefields.

“In any country affected by armed conflict, the dissemination of IHL is of fundamental importance.”

During the workshop, participants addressed a range of topics, including the protection of detainees under domestic and international law, protecting victims of sexual violence and the protection of access to and delivery of health care in contexts of conflict and violence.

The ICRC has been working on disseminating the rules of IHL, aiming to increase the protection of the wounded, sick, the detained and civilians in Nigeria over the last 30 years, in cooperation with academics, federal authorities and the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

 

 

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