ICRC assists AFP in promoting international humanitarian law

MANILA (ICRC) – As part of its mandate to promote the understanding and application of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will hold a roundtable discussion today on the integration of IHL within the military structure, with key leaders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“The ICRC works with state armed forces worldwide in supporting their efforts to promote awareness of and compliance with international humanitarian law,” said Martin McDermott, regional delegate of the ICRC to security forces in Southeast Asia.

IHL is a set of rules which places restriction on the use of weapons and methods of warfare in order to limit the effects of armed conflict for humanitarian reasons.

The roundtable discussion being held at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, will be attended by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo David Jr. and the head of delegation of the ICRC in the Philippines, Jean-Daniel Tauxe.

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 the international humanitarian law.

The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization that seeks to protect and assist victims of war and armed violence, and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law or the law of armed conflict. Verlin Ruiz

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