Kazakhstan: experts from 12 countries discuss challenges to humanitarian norms
11-11-2009 News Release 09/229
Tashkent/Astana (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is co-sponsoring a three-day forum on "Contemporary Challenges to Humanitarian Norms" in the Kazakh capital Astana from 10 to 12 November.
The event has been organized by the ICRC and Eurasian National University with support from Kazakhstan's foreign ministry.
" The forum emphasizes the relevance of humanitarian norms and the balance that needs to be struck between compliance with them and the right to use force when needed in armed conflict or other situations of violence, " said Pascale Meige Wagner, the ICRC’s head of operations for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. " Bringing together officials and experts from 12 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia will foster awareness in the region of the legal framework applicable to armed conflict and other situations of violence. "
" International humanitarian law has been taught at our university for several years, " said Bahtyzhan Abduraimov, the rector of Eurasian National University. " A lot has been done to implement international humanitarian law in Kazakhstan and I am confident that further measures will be taken. "
According to Gulchekhra Matkarimova, the dean of the Faculty of International Law of Uzbekistan's University for World Economics and Diplomacy, " This forum provides a useful and productive environment in which to discuss international humanitarian law, applicable human rights law and related topics. "
The forum in Astana is taking place in connection with the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Solferino, which gave rise to modern humanitarianism. The ICRC has been operating in Eastern European and Central Asian countries since 1992.For further information, please contact:
Raoul Foster, ICRC Tashkent, tel: + 998 97 103 36 70