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Uganda: UPDF commits to long term training in International Humanitarian Law

10-05-2006 News Release

On May 5, 28 officers of the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) completed the first training of trainers course for instructors in the Law of Armed Conflict (International Humanitarian Law) in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Kampala on May 6 2006.  

The participants received their certificates from the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Lt. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima at Jinja Military Academy.

General Nyakairima thanked the ICRC for supporting the UPDF in their efforts at developing the expertise the instructors, stating that they will implement the three-year cooperation program the UPDF has signed with the ICRC. He acknowledged the good relationship that existed between the UPDF and the ICRC.

General Nyakairima said to the trainees that they now had he duty return to the schools where they teach and transfer the knowledge gathered during the course. He reminded them that the military mission of the army can be accomplished while respecting IHL.

The ceremony also saw the signing of three key military directives that will pave the way for the continuation of the cooperation programme between the UPDF and the ICRC:

  • a Ministry of Defence Directive signed by the Minister of State for Defence on the Dissemination of the Law of Armed Conflict at all levels of the UPDF;

  • Chief of Defence Forces Directive on the training of UPDF IHL instructors;

  • a plan to implement the first phase of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the MOD/UPDF and the ICRC.

The Chief of Operations and Training for the UPDF, Brigadier Silva Kayemba, the head of the ICRC in Ugand a, Mr. Michel Meyer, and ICRC military instructors also attended the ceremony.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Graziella Leite Piccolo, ICRC Kampala, tel. +256 77 2221994  

 Henry Ochieng, ICRC Kampala, tel. +256 41 341605/6  

 Marco Jiménez, ICRC Geneva, tel. + 41 22 730 2271 or +41 79 217 3217  

 or visit our website :   http://www.icrc.org