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Bangladesh: Symposium on international humanitarian law in Dhaka

24-02-2000 News Release 00/06

On 12 February the ICRC and the faculty of law of the University of Dhaka jointly held a one-day symposium in Dhaka on international humanitarian law and various issues relating to its scope and implementation. The first such event to take place in the country, it was attended by academics, NGO representatives, officers of the armed forces and members of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and other humanitarian organizations. The symposium helped raise awareness of the provisions of humanitarian law and their relevance to the protection of civilians in modern conflicts. Since Bangladesh is one of the two South Asian countries to have ratified the 1977 Protocols additional to the 1949 Geneva Conventions (the other country being the Maldives), national implementation was a focal point of the discussions. The symposium also provided the National Society with an opportunity to present the structure of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the Movement's efforts to promote humanitarian law.