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Bolivia: Supreme court holds special session in honour of Geneva Conventions

17-12-1999 News Release 99/50

The Bolivian Supreme Court, which sits in the capital, Sucre, recently held a special session to mark the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. This solemn event brought together all the members of the Court, representatives of the lower courts and of the local civilian and military authorities and the members of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate representing the department of Chuquisaca.

The representative of the President of the Supreme Court, the President of the Bolivian Red Cross and the ICRC regional delegate in Buenos Aires each spoke in turn. The representative of the President of the Court praised the role of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement regarding the application of international humanitarian law, the President of the National Society explained the main conclusions of the 27th International Conference and the regional delegate stressed the special responsibility of national and international courts in implementing the law.

The session was followed by the inauguration of a travelling photo exhibition called " Man in a War-Torn World " . The exhibition, which was produced by the ICRC regional delegation, has already been presented in several countries in the region. It will travel to half a dozen Bolivian cities in the coming months, thus enabling local Red Cross branches to make themselves better known in their communities by organizing special events.