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Uzbekistan: thirteen years of cooperation in promoting international humanitarian law

15-04-2011 News Release 11/92

Tashkent (ICRC) – On 15 April, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Uzbekistan's Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education publicly presented a final report on their cooperative effort to spread knowledge of international humanitarian law within the country's educational system from 1997 to 2010. The presentation, held at the National University of Uzbekistan, was attended by representatives of the Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan.

"Although the ICRC is ending its own activities carried out in support of educational programmes in Uzbekistan, it is ready to provide further support for activities undertaken by Uzbek educational bodies," said Yves Arnoldy, head of the ICRC regional delegation in Tashkent.

During the period of cooperation, a total of 666,000 textbooks for students and 47,500 teaching guides for instructors were distributed. In addition, moot court competitions were organized for students and methods seminars for teachers. Most importantly, a mandatory course on the basics of international humanitarian law was introduced into the standard public education curriculum.

The ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian organization. It has been working in Central Asia since 1992. Its main activities in the region are aimed at spreading knowledge of international humanitarian law and promoting respect for human dignity.

For further information, please contact:
Sergey Belyaev, ICRC Tashkent, tel: +998 71 120 52 90 or +998 97 103 36 70