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African Union: joint seminar with ICRC on protecting civilians amid war and other violence

11-11-2011 News Release 11/239

Addis Ababa (ICRC) – On 14 November, the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the African Union will hold a joint seminar with the African Union Commission on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts and other situations of violence in Africa. This 11th joint ICRC-African Union seminar will take place in the plenary hall of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

It is civilians, despite the protection granted them under international law, who continue to suffer the most from armed violence in Africa.

Representatives of African Union member States, regional economic communities, United Nations agencies, international organizations and various experts in the field will attend the seminar, as will the vice-president of the ICRC and officials of the African Union Commission.

The seminar will offer an opportunity to review the challenges and threats faced by civilians in armed conflict and in other situations of violence such as internal tensions or disturbances, and to remind States of their obligations towards civilians under international law. It will also provide a forum for discussion of how various entities with different roles and responsibilities, from providing humanitarian aid to involvement in peace support operations, can help protect civilians.

For further information, please contact:
Desalegn Tadesse, ICRC African Union, tel: +251 11 647 83 20 / 21 / 22