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Nigeria: law teachers study up on international humanitarian law

15-06-2011 News Release 11/132

Abuja (ICRC) – A total of 31 teachers from 20 Nigerian universities have gathered in Abuja today to attend a three-day training course on international humanitarian law organized by the ICRC.

"Teachers are well placed to pass on knowledge of international humanitarian law to future Nigerian decision-makers, so as to make them fully aware of their responsibilities and able to tackle the humanitarian and legal challenges arising from armed conflict and other situations of violence," said Zoran Jovanovic, head of the ICRC delegation in Abuja, at the opening ceremony.

The ICRC's cooperation with Nigerian academics, which dates back to 1996, stems from the organization's mandate to promote the inclusion of international humanitarian law in curricula of institutions of higher learning. "Apart from providing an opportunity for Nigerian teachers of international humanitarian law to share experiences, the aim of the workshop is to foster interest and research in this body of law," said Garth Abraham of the ICRC. "This is the eighth workshop of its kind, which has contributed greatly to the development of a qualified teaching force in this field."

In Nigeria, the ICRC endeavours not only to spread knowledge and support implementation of international humanitarian law, but also to protect people adversely affected by armed violence and to enhance the Nigerian Red Cross Society’s capacity to respond to emergencies countrywide, particularly in the Niger Delta and areas prone to violence and intercommunal tensions in the north of the country.

For further information, please contact:
Rafiullah Qureshi, ICRC Abuja, tel: +234 9 461 96 13 or +234 703 595 41 68
Steven Anderson, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 20 11 or +41 79 536 92 50

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