Conference on International Humanitarian Law convenes in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 8th April, 2019 (WAM) — The UAE has always been keen on respecting international humanitarian laws, a top Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation official has affirmed, citing the UAE Federal Decree-Law No. 12 of 2017 on International Crimes.

“If nations are finding it hard to prevent wars or conflicts, then there needs to be a collective action to address the consequences of conflicts through humanitarian aid,” Ahmed Abdulrahman Al Jarman, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Human Rights and International Law, stated while addressing the Second Conference on International Humanitarian Law, which kicked off in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

“Victims of war should be fed and necessary treatments should be provided. Homes should be rebuilt, and children should continue to be educated.It’s a good thing that we fight hard to avoid wars and conflicts through the adoption of the international humanitarian law,” he said.

“Wars have diverse effects on people and economies,” he added.

He highlighted the 2019-2020 action plan of the National Committee of International Humanitarian Law to promote awareness and knowledge about humanitarian law.

“The committee is also planning introductory courses on the law and the role of the ICRC in armed conflict zones for those enlisted in the national service,” said Al Jarman.

The two-day conference was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the National Commission on International Humanitarian Law, in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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