KIGALI, June 11, (Xinhua/GNA) - An official of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) on Monday urged African countries to ensure that people are
protected during times of armed conflicts regardless of their political views.
women, children and men are "unacceptable," and the ICRC demands that
governments hold their obligations under the international humanitarian law,
train the military, and engage civilians to let them understand that even wars
have limits, ICRC's Director of International Law and Policy Helen Durham said.
He made the
remarks at a media briefing during the 5th Commonwealth Red Cross and Red
Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law, which kicked off here on
delegates from more than 35 Commonwealth countries and their Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies are attending the conference.
participants will discuss how to address serious violations of the
international humanitarian law, particularly how Geneva Conventions are being
implemented, as well as share information about national measures of
implementing Geneva Conventions taken by each Commonwealth country.
Commonwealth states need to strengthen their continued collaboration to
entrench the protection of victims of armed conflicts, head of the Commonwealth
Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform Steve Malby said when opening the
conference. Commonwealth countries should not ignore the international
humanitarian law although most of them are not in armed conflicts, because the
rules of this law are also about prevention of human suffering in conflict,