Exploring international humanitarian law: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

08 June 2015
Exploring international humanitarian law: Yesterday, today and tomorrow
A traditional Sri Lankan welcome with Kandyan dancers and the lighting of the traditional oil lamp open the conference. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ravindra Rohana Gallage

Cyber operations in armed conflict, addressing the issue of missing persons, sexual violence in armed conflict, and migration were some of the topics discussed at the recently-held 6th South Asian Conference on international humanitarian law (IHL).

The conference took place in Colombo on 19-21 May, and was jointly organized by the ICRC and Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over 60 participants representing key ministries, parliaments, the judiciary and the armed forces, as well as experts in IHL from the region and the ICRC came together to engage in this forum.

The inaugural session of the conference was opened with statements from the head table. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Ravindra Rohana Gallage

The theme of this year's conference – IHL: Yesterday, today and tomorrow – provided the opportunity for an analytical dialogue on IHL in light of the evolving nature of conflict, and the challenges this poses to applying and complying with this body of law.

Sri Lanka was represented by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General's department, the Legal Draftsman's department and the Sri Lanka Army.

See also: video and images from the 6th South Asian Conference on IHL on our New Dehli blog