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Papua New Guinea: Emblem-awareness campaign

17-05-2001 News Release 01/19

To mark World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, the Papua New Guinea Defence Minister Kilroy Genia officially launched a campaign to raise awareness of the red cross and red crescent emblems. The campaign, which aims to create wider public recognition of and respect for the emblems as protected signs both in international and domestic law, is an initiative of the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society supported by the ICRC.

To help get the message across, the National Society has produced a new pamphlet on the emblems. An information package for instructors will also be distributed to members of the defence and security forces, and to the health services, provincial authorities and Red Cross members. " This pamphlet has a very important message for the people of Papua New Guinea — a message that can make the difference between life and death for the soldier on the battlefield, Red Cross workers giving first aid on the street, and families trying to flee battle zones, " Mr Genia said.