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Kenya: students from Moi University and USIU win competition on IHL

16-03-2007 News Release

Thirty motivated students from four Kenyan universities participated in the National Competition on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) on 13 March 2007 in Nairobi.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Nairobi  

Teams from Moi University, Eldoret and the United States International University – Africa (USIU), Nairobi emerged winners of the event representing the Faculties of Law and International Relations respectively. The University of Nairobi (Law and School of Journalism) and Egerton University (Sociology) also fielded teams.

The competition was organized by the ICRC and has the aim to further develop the students understanding of IHL, the body of law that regulates situations of armed conflict. The teams presented their arguments to a jury of ICRC personnel.

'' These competitions are a great opportunity for students to actively use their knowledge of IHL as well as enable students to meet from different universities. It was an exciting day for both the participants and ICRC staff,'' said Leonard Blazeby, the ICRC communication coordinator who oversees the programme.

The teams debated the question of whether the rules of IHL in armed conflict adequately restrict the weapons used and tactics adopted by combatants in a conflict. Members of the winning team from Moi stated that the question they were addressing was challenging, and all the teams had put up a spirited performance, so their win was not automatic.

'' Our winning strategy was mainly based on teamwork, and we were well prepared for the event. IHL is also an area we are passionate about hence we were able to ans wer the questions put before us by the jury,'' said Okalle Makanda, a member of the winning team from Moi.

The ICRC will host another IHL competition in August 2007 whose winners will go on to represent Kenya in the 7th International Competition on IHL to be held in Arusha, Tanzania.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Ann Mucheke, ICRC Nairobi, tel: +254 20 2723 963, mobile: +254 733 66 00 76  

 Faith Cheruiyot, ICRC Nairobi, tel:  +254 20 2723 963