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Indonesia: young diplomats explore peacekeeping and peace support operations

19-06-2012 News Release 12/119

Jakarta (ICRC) – Eighteen junior diplomats from eight ASEAN member countries plus Timor Leste are attending a training session on peace-keeping and peace-support operations. The course is organized jointly by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Centre for Education and Training and the ICRC regional delegation in Jakarta and would run from 19 to 21 June in Bandung, Western Java.

"Participants will learn about international humanitarian law and the mechanisms for settling international disputes," said Frederic Fournier, head of the ICRC’s regional delegation. "These junior diplomats will be able to draw on the expertise of trainers and speakers with considerable experience of both IHL and peace-keeping operations."

During the first two days, the participants will learn about IHL and peacekeeping operations through lectures and case studies presented by Group Captain Ian Henderson (Deputy Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law), Captain Azhari Abdul Aziz (Director of Legal Services, Royal Malaysian Navy), Prof. Dr. Huala Adolf (Padjajaran University) and IHL experts from the ICRC. On the final day, they will have a chance to practise what they have learned during moot court exercises.

Countries represented are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

This is the third course that the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ICRC have co-organized since 2010, and the Ministry regularly invites the ICRC to give lectures on IHL and humanitarian issues at training courses for officers.

For further information, please contact:
Richard Desgagne, ICRC Regional Legal Adviser, tel: +60 123962681
Rina Rusman, ICRC Jakarta Legal Adviser, tel: +62 811107184
Philippe Stoll, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 31 40 or +41 79 536 92 49