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Nigeria: teachers study international humanitarian law

19-06-2012 News Release

Abuja (ICRC) – A three-day ICRC workshop on international humanitarian law is bringing together 34 law teachers from 20 Nigerian universities in Abuja, Nigeria.

"Teachers are well placed to pass on knowledge about international humanitarian law to students, who are among Nigeria’s future decision-makers," said Zoran Jovanovic, head of the ICRC delegation in Nigeria. "They can also make students aware of their responsibility to tackle the humanitarian and legal challenges arising from armed conflict and other situations of violence."

The workshop provides an opportunity for Nigerian teachers of international humanitarian law to share experiences and to discuss contemporary developments in this field, while promoting interest and research. Nigerian academics have recently set up a "Society of International Humanitarian Law Teachers," to promote teaching of the subject, while the ICRC's cooperation with Nigerian academics dates back to 1996.

The ICRC’s other activities in Nigeria include supporting people affected by armed violence and building up the capacity of the Nigerian Red Cross to respond to emergencies countrywide. At the same time, the ICRC has been helping hospitals treat people injured in armed violence and intercommunal clashes in the north of the country and in the Niger Delta.

For further information, please contact:
Rafiullah Qureshi, ICRC Abuja, tel. +234 9 461 96 13 or +234 703 595 41 68