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ICRC continues to promote humanitarian law in Zimbabwe

18-02-2005 News Release

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Harare on February 18, 2005.

In early February the ICRC conducted a course on international humanitarian law for 24 high-ranking officers of the Zimbabwe National Army and the Air Force of Zimbabwe at the All Arms Battle School in Nyanga, in the east of the country. This kind of training has been given for the past three years at the request of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Youth Development, Gender and Employment Creation, the ICRC also gave presentations in the six camps where young men and women are currently undergoing training as part of the Zimbabwe National Youth Service Training Programme.

Some 4,400 young people attended these presentations in camps located in the provinces of Mashonaland Centre, Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands, Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North.

Both the course and the presentations emphasized the ICRC's work to protect and assist people affected by armed conflicts or other situations of violence in Africa and other parts of the world.

In addition to Zimbabwe, the ICRC's regional delegation in Harare covers Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. As part of its work, it actively promotes humanitarian law within civil society and military and security forces.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Dana Lissy, ICRC Zimbabwe, tel. ++2634 790 268 – 731 760  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 22 730 22 71  

 or visit the ICRC website: www.icrc.org