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Nepal: experts deepen their knowledge of humanitarian law

24-11-2010 News Release 10/217

Kathmandu (ICRC) – Experts from nine countries have gathered in Kathmandu to participate in an eight-day training course on international humanitarian law jointly organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kathmandu School of Law.

"It is essential not only that humanitarian law be understood, but also that it be applied both in letter and spirit," said Patrick Vial, head of the ICRC delegation in Nepal, as he welcomed the participants. "Only when that happens will victims of armed conflict truly receive the protection and assistance they so badly need."

International humanitarian law, a set of legal provisions applicable in times of armed conflict, protects civilians, wounded combatants, prisoners of war and others who are not, or no longer, participating in hostilities. International humanitarian law also sets limits on the means and methods of warfare in an attempt to reduce suffering.

The course, entitled "South Asia Teaching Session on International Humanitarian Law," was inaugurated by the Minister for Law and Justice, Prem Bahadur Singh. Most of the 45 participants are government officials from member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) or Iran.

All 16 previous editions of the South Asia Teaching Session were held in India. Such courses are an integral part of the ICRC's effort to spread knowledge of international humanitarian law in South Asian countries, some of which are still facing situations of armed conflict and other violence.

For further information, please contact:
Rafiullah Qureshi, ICRC Kathmandu, tel: +977 1 4107285 or +977 98510 34638
Monica Upadhyay, ICRC Kathmandu, tel: +977 1 4107285 or +977 97510 07585