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Ethiopia: ICRC held courses on IHL to Ethiopian defence forces

15-12-2006 News Release

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Addis Ababa on 7 December 2006.

Addis Ababa (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has conducted a two-week course on international humanitarian law (IHL) for instructor officers of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF).

The " Train of trainers " course, conducted by an ICRC military expert, took place from November 28 to December 07 in Addis Ababa. Thirty officers selected from Command and Staff College, Military Academy, Special Forces and different training centres, attended this course.

Earlier in November, the ICRC also organized in cooperation with the ENDF Women's Affairs Department, two special workshops on " Women Facing War " for 71 Ethiopian women officers. In addition, the ICRC delegates conducted three information sessions for the out-going contingent of the ENDF departing to Liberia as Peace Keeping Force. 250 officers and 2'000 soldiers attended the conference on the basic principles of IHL and Human Rights Law, the mandate of the ICRC, the guidelines on the observance of UN forces as well as the Civilian-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) guiding principles.

The International Humanitarian Law is a body of rules found in the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977, as well as in various other international treaties. IHL is regulating the means and methods of warfare, aimed to keep a balance between military necessities and requirements for humanitarian considerations.

Under the provisions of IHL, the persons who are not or no longer taking part in the conflict must be spared and treated humanely.

The ICRC is responsible for promoting International Hum anitarian Law throughout the world. It endeavours to make the basic principles of the law known to all those who bear weapons. In Ethiopia as elsewhere, the ICRC carries out its humanitarian activities in an impartial, independent and neutral manner.


 For further information, please contact:  

 Patrick Mégevand, ICRC Communication Coordinator  

  Tel: 011 551 83 66, Addis Ababa