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Launch of an electronic Forum for national committees on international humanitarian law

30-09-2003 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 851

Many States have set up National Committees or similar bodies on international humanitarian law (IHL). To assist these bodies in their task of advising and assisting governments in promoting and implementing IHL, the Advisory Service on IHL of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has now launched an electronic Forum.

The objective of this new tool is to facilitate the exchange of information and experience between the Committees, to strengthen contacts between them, and to thereby encourage States to take national IHL implementation measures.

The main part of this Forum allows for an interactive discussion on substantive national IHL implementation issues, as well as on the functioning of the Committees.

Other sections offer the possibility to make various documents and information concerning IHL implementation available to the other users, like plans of action, annual reports, announcements relating to regional meetings or to the setting up of a new Committee, etc.

Access to the Forum is essentially limited to members of National Committees on international humanitarian law. However, the ICRC may also grant access to other relevant specialists and organizations. Further information may be obtained from:

Advisory Service on

International Humanitarian Law

International Committee of the Red Cross

19, av. de la Paix

CH – 1202 Geneva

Tel.: +41 22 734 60 01

Fax: +41 22 733 20 57

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