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Uganda: army personnel in Karamoja receive IHL training

03-04-2007 News Release

Thirty officers of the 3rd Division of the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) are participating in a three-day training course on international humanitarian law (IHL), from 3 to 5 April, in the Moroto district of Karamoja.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Kampala on 3 April 2007  

The officers, comprised of lieutenants, captains and majors, are battalion commanders, political commissars and intelligence officers. The 3rd Division operates in the Karamoja region in north-eastern Uganda, an area that has witnessed violence in the recent past.

The course is part of a training programme jointly organized by the ICRC and the UPDF. A similar event took place in Mbale in November 2006.

An ICRC military expert and a UPDF instructor trained by the ICRC in international humanitarian law, also known as the law of armed conflict, are conducting the course. The course will address the principles of proportionality and distinction, with regard to military necessity when choosing targets. The course content will cover behaviour during military action and prevention of abuse of civilians and people no longer engaged in fighting.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Pascal Jequier, ICRC Kampala, tel: +256 772 221 994 or +256 41 341 605/6