The ICRC in East Asia
11-05-2007 Field Newsletter
The ICRC Regional Delegation for East Asia covers China, North Korea, South Korea and Mongolia. The delegation was initially established in 1987 in Hong Kong and from 1996 was based in Bangkok. In July 2005, following the signing of a headquarter agreement with the Chinese authorities, the delegation moved to Beijing.
The delegation’s main task is to promote awareness and implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the legal framework that seeks to minimize the human suffering caused by war. It also aims to familiarize governments, experts and National Red Cross Societies with the ICRC’s humanitarian work. In particular, the delegation works with governments to promote the ratification and national implementation of humanitarian treaties and the integration of IHL into military doctrine and training. The ICRC also promotes IHL among civil society, in particular academic institutions, and supports the National Societies of the region in developing their dissemination and tracing activities. ICRC/National Society physical rehabilitation projects in China and in the DPRK contribute to meeting the need for good-quality prostheses.