Algeria: ICRC study day on parliamentarians' role in promoting respect for humanitarian law
28-04-2010 News Release 10/72
Algiers (ICRC) – The delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Algeria and the Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Commission of the Assemblée Populaire Nationale (the lower house of the Algerian parliament) are organizing a study day for members of parliament on "The role of parliamentarians in promoting international humanitarian law and incorporating it into national legislation."
The event will take place on 29 April on the Assemblée premises.
" International humanitarian law protects civilians in armed conflict by setting limits on the conduct of hostilities, " said Eva Svoboda, head of the ICRC delegation in Algeria. " Compliance with humanitarian law depends on it first being fully incorporated in national legislation. "
Throughout the day, ICRC experts and members of parliament will lead discussions on such topics as ways of drafting and implementing legislation that will ensure that international humanitarian law is integrated at the national level, and how to make the rules set out in that body of law better known.
" It is up to legislators and politicians to propose legislation for effective implementation of international humanitarian law, " said Ms Svoboda. " By adhering to the four Geneva Conventions and their additional Protocols, Algeria committed itself to disseminating and implementing laws ensuring that the rules will be applied at the national level. Members of parliament have an important role to play in this regard. "For further information, please contact:
Abdellah Graba, ICRC Algiers, tel: +213 770 980 775 or +213 21 924 303