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OAS / ICRC meeting on international humanitarian law

31-01-2007 News Release

On 1 February the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold a day-long meeting, in cooperation with the ICRC on current issues relating to international humanitarian law.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Washington DC on 31 January  

The purpose of the meeting, which will take place at OAS headquarters in Washington D.C., is to strengthen understanding of the law and its implementation in the Americas.

" Better implementation and enforcement of international humanitarian law remain an abiding challenge in the Americas and worldwide, " said Philip Spoerri, ICRC Director for International Law. " By directly involving decision-makers, the ICRC can generate greater interest in and support for humanitarian law and values. "  

The meeting, which is held annually in cooperation with the ICRC, is organized by the OAS Permanent Council's Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs with the support of the OAS General Secretariat's International Law Office.

The ICRC cooperates with international and regional organizations on a regular basis in order to promote the broadest possible consideration of topics relating to international humanitarian law and to facilitate efforts by States party to the 1949 Geneva Conventions to fulfil their role as guardians of that law.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Margarita Studemeister, ICRC Washington, tel: 202 587 4600  

 Christoph Kelber, ICRC Buenos Aires, tel:  

 Marco Jimenez, ICRC Geneva, tel:  

 Read also the   special report   by the ICRC Advisory Service on international humanitarian law.