News release

Nepal: Fifty South Asians share perspectives on international humanitarian law

Kathmandu (ICRC) – Nepal will host the 25th South Asia Teaching Session (SATS) on international humanitarian law (IHL), organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in partnership with the Kathmandu School of Law, from 18 to 23 September. Subas Chandra Nembang, the speaker of Nepal's legislature, will inaugurate the event in Kathmandu tomorrow.

The 50 participants, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as Nepal, include government officials, military and police personnel, academics, and members of national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, human rights commissions and civil society organizations. Academics and other experts will deliver lectures on such topics as means and methods of warfare, the relationship between IHL and international human rights law, IHL and peace-keeping, and provisions of IHL relating to missing persons.

"SATS enables public officials, academics and members of the armed forces from the region and beyond who work in IHL or a related field to enhance their knowledge and share perspectives," said Dragana Kojic, head of the ICRC delegation in Nepal. "It is also a forum for discussion of contemporary challenges to IHL, and for sharing State practice."

SATS, which was first held in 1999, takes place twice a year. Nepal hosted previous editions in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

For further information, please contact:
Krishna Chalisey, ICRC Kathmandu, tel: +977 1 4107285 or +977 98510 00602