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Sierra Leone: Ministry of defence launches new instructor's manual on the law of armed conflict

02-05-2008 News Release 08/75

Freetown (ICRC) – The Sierra Leonean Minister of Defence, Major Alfred Palo Conteh, officially launched a new manual on the law of armed conflict in the capital Freetown today.

The book will provide guidance to 28 military instructors from the Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) in teaching and training troops on topics related to international humanitarian law (IHL).

The instructor's manual has been developed by the Armed Forces Education Centre with the advisory support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to complement other teaching tools produced over the years. The launch of the book formally concludes the ICRC's year-long programme of promoting, facilitating and supporting IHL teaching and integration within the RSLAF.

Sierra Leone and its armed forces have been working over recent years to integrate IHL into the armed forces'plans for war, its doctrine, tactical rules and manuals, its operational analysis and decision-making and training and its preparations for future peace support operations.

The launching ceremony took place in the Defence Ministry Conference Hall in the presence of the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Sam E. Mboma, the Commander of the International Military Training & Advisory Team, Brigadier General Jonathan J. Powe, and the ICRC head of delegation, Christoph Hartmann.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Abu Bakr Gamanga, ICRC Freetown, tel: +232 76 629 207