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Jordan: Humanitarian law week for the Armed Forces

25-11-1999 News Release 99/47

From 1 to 8 November, in coordination with the General Headquarters of the Jordanian Armed Forces, the ICRC delegation in Amman held a series of seminars on international humanitarian law for about 400 commanders, officers and NCOs from Jordan and other Arab, Asian and European countries. The seminars, which took place at several military colleges and institutes, included presentations on the responsibilities of commanders in times of armed conflict and on how officers should apply the Code of Conduct for Combatants when preparing for and conducting military operations.

The first seminar, which was held at the Royal Staff and Command College, lasted two days. Others were subsequently held at the Royal War College, the highest military institution for staff commanders, and at Martyr King Abdallah Bin Al Hussein Infantry School. Talks were also given to a group of female recruits of various ranks and to officers from the General Intelligence Directorate.

The General Headquarters of the Jordanian Armed Forces provided its full support to ensure the success of these activities, in accordance with its wish to further enhance its cooperation with the ICRC so as to incorporate the Code of Conduct and the principles of humanitarian law into training programmes at all levels of the Jordanian Armed Forces.