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Brussels workshop: Domestic regulatory frameworks for safeguarding health care

28-01-2014 Event

The issue of security for patients and for medical personnel, facilities and vehicles has been addressed in international humanitarian law since the adoption of the original Geneva Convention in 1864. Between 2008 and 2010, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recorded 655 violent events connected with health care in 16 different parts of the world. The organization has decided to take action by bolstering its response in the field and by consulting a wide range of experts to identify solutions to this problem.

Event Info

Where: Brussels, Belgium

When: 29.01.2014-31.01.2014


  • Interministerial Commission for Humanitarian Law , Belgium
  • Belgian Red Cross
  • ICRC


The workshop, intended for the national authorities of various countries in all parts of the world, will bring together approximately 50 experts from a number of regions (Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America) and disciplines. Among the participants will be members of national committees for the implementation of international humanitarian law, or similar bodies; independent experts from countries that have no such committee; civil servants; members of parliament; and representatives of organizations with expertise relating to the workshop agenda. All participants will attend the workshop in their official capacity.

More information on the National Committees for the implementation of IHL


The workshop will focus on domestic regulatory frameworks and on implementation procedures, with a view to enhancing access to and delivery of impartial health care in armed conflicts and other emergencies.


Discussions will be organized on four topics:

  1. How to enhance legal protection for the wounded and the sick and for medical personnel, facilities and transport
  2. How to strengthen legal provisions relating to the improper use of the distinctive emblems set out in the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols
  3. How to legally protect the observance of principles of medical ethics and confidentiality in armed conflicts and other emergencies
  4. How to effectively enforce the law in connection with health care

For more information about this event, please contact:
Thomas Vanden Driessche, ICRC Brussels, tel: +32 2 286 58 70, e-mail
Olga Miltcheva, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 20 90, e-mail