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30-08-2013 Newsletter

22nd South Asia Teaching Session (SATS)

Delegates carrying out a syndicate exercise during the 22nd South Asia Teaching Session held in Nepal. 

Delegates carrying out a syndicate exercise during the 22nd South Asia Teaching Session held in Nepal.

The Regional Delegation of the ICRC in New Delhi, the ICRC Delegation in Kathmandu and the Kathmandu School of Law (KSL) organised the 22nd South Asia Teaching Session (SATS) on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), from 5 - 12 April 2013 in Kathmandu.

Forty six delegates from 10 countries, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participated. Participants were drawn from various fields, and included civil servants, members of the police forces of their respective governments, serving military officials, academicians, representatives from national societies and NGOs. The sessions were interactive and provided scope for questions and discussions on a variety of IHL issues. Practical components were introduced into the programme this year.

The objective of SATS is to train middle level professionals on IHL. Participants in this bi-annual event that is usually held in March/April and in November are mid-level professionals who may have an impact on IHL implementation.

National Law University, Delhi, wins the 11th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot

The National Law University, Delhi won the final round of the 11th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Court Competition held from 14-16 March, 2013 in Hong Kong. The award was received by Mr. Dhruv Sharma, Mr. Utkarsh Srivastava, Ms. Natasha Aggarwal and Mr. Naman Joshi.  Mr. Dhruv Sharma also received the Best Mooter Award.

The Red Cross IHL Moot competition is organized by the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) and the ICRC, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong and the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since its inception in 2003, the Red Cross IHL Moot, as an inter-university competition, continues to strengthen awareness and interest in IHL amongst students and academicians.

This year approximately 20 teams representing 14 different countries from the Asia Pacific and South Asian regions participated in the Moot Court competition, while 70 legal luminaries, distinguished legal scholars and ICRC experts served as Judges.

IHL is a set of rules which for humanitarian reasons, seeks to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects persons who are not or no longer are participating in the hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.

“Proper trauma management helps in saving lives”

An ICRC doctor demonstrating life saving techniques to the participants during the workshop. 

An ICRC doctor demonstrating life saving techniques to the participants during the workshop.
© ICRC / Farhana Javid

The ICRC in collaboration with the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) organised an Emergency Room Trauma Course (ERTC), the first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir from 8-12 April, 2013. The ERTC is an advanced training course on life support that enables doctors to deal with trauma cases with a systematic clinical approach. During this course, the ICRC trained 20 doctors, including specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons and anaesthetists working in different hospitals spread across the valley. Two specialist surgeons - Dr. Hassan, who is working as chief surgeon with the ICRC and Dr. Asa Molde who is consultant surgeon for ICRC - conducted the training.

“The efficiency of emergency care plays a key role in determining the clinical outcome and recovery of the patient. By enhancing the skills of our doctors in managing emergency trauma cases, we expect to improve emergency care in our hospitals, especially at the district level,” said Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director, Health Services Kashmir, while highlighting the importance of the course.

The course provided an overview of the basics of trauma management in an emergency room setting. Besides a series of lectures, each participant was exposed to practical demonstrations, such as how to examine airways and ventilation, head and spinal trauma, limb injuries, to name a few, followed by simulated diagnostic exercises. “The beauty of this course lies in its participatory methodology and its focussed approach towards making the optimum use of limited resources in a situation with limited options,” said Dr Iqbal Ahmad, an anaesthetist, working in one of the hospitals of Kashmir.

Another participant, Dr. Irshad Tabassum, an orthopaedic surgeon said, “it provided an opportunity for me to learn the essential skills of examining and resuscitating a trauma case. It will enable us to follow a certain systematic protocol while examining a patient. This way we are unlikely to miss injuries which could prove fatal if not diagnosed and treated on time.” Appreciating the efforts of the DHSK and the ICRC, the participants also emphasized that the lessons learnt from the course should be put into practice.


All India Law Teachers Congress

Charles Sabga, Regional Legal Advisor, ICRC New Delhi presenting a talk at the conference on IHL. 

Charles Sabga, Regional Legal Advisor, ICRC New Delhi presenting a talk at the conference on IHL.

The All India Law Teachers Congress (AILTC) and the ICRC, New Delhi, organised a two-day conference on International Humanitarian Law from 31st May-1st June 2013 in New Delhi. The inaugural speech was delivered by Prof.A.K.Koul, Vice Chancellor, National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi, Jharkhand who touched upon the importance of legal education and educators and the constant need to reinvigorate both. Charles Sabga, Regional Legal Adviser (RLA), ICRC in his statement at the inaugural session reiterated the noble calling of the teaching profession and eulogized the role of teachers and academicians.

Around 70 teachers and research scholars from across the country participated in the conference. While the first two sessions focussed on the implementation of IHL and the challenges there under, the third session was dedicated to International Criminal law while the last session focussed on the issue of the teaching of IHL. Several leading academicians and scholars presented papers in the various sessions. The sessions were very interactive leading to interesting deliberations between experts, teachers, research scholars and the students. The conference was the annual flagship event of the AILTC, which is a platform to protect and promote interests of law teachers across the country.

Francophonie Mela
One of the winners of the quiz competition receiving a gift.  

One of the winners of the quiz competition receiving a gift.
© ICRC / Ashish Bhatia

The ICRC participated in the Francophonie Mela on March 23th 2013 in New Delhi. On this occasion, the Alliance Française of Delhi was peppered by stalls set-up by representatives of many French-speaking countries. These stalls became spaces for a variety of activities ranging from sharing information about their cultures to tasting their regional delicacies. Amidst the entire cultural extravaganza, ICRC’s stall attracted a lot of attention from students who participated in a Red Cross quiz. Ten winners were rewarded with Red Cross goodies while others went back with an increased awareness about the Movement.