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Senegal: Strengthening humanitarian law

15-05-1997 News Release 97/18

Some 30 high-ranking Senegalese officials from various ministerial departments and other sectors of the public administration took part last week in a seminar on the implementation of international humanitarian law. The purpose of the seminar was to examine relevant national legislation and propose new measures for strengthening it.

The seminar issued several recommendations, including ratification by Senegal of the UN weapons convention (which restricts, in particular, the use of anti-personnel mines), the adoption of legislation to protect the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems and the continuation of dissemination programmes for the armed forces, the gendarmerie and the police.