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PIA Press Release
2008/08/05

PNRC leads IHL commemoration

Roxas City (5 August) -- The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) will spearhead the observance here of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Month this August and the IHL Day on August 12 to send across a message of the Capiceņos' participation in the global event.

The worldwide commemoration is spearheaded yearly by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

PNRC Capiz Administrator Nelia B. Cartujano said the local Red Cross chapter together with its Board of Directors will spearhead a "Walk for Humanity" here on August 29 to highlight this year's local IHL Month celebration. The board is chaired by Dr. Charlie Robles of the Department of Health (DOH).

Cartujano pointed out that with this activity, we can increase awareness among Capiceņos about the basic principles of IHL and its applicability during armed conflict.

The chapter will also intensify its information campaign on IHL among so-called "weapon bearers," barangay leaders, barangay health workers, the academe, and the public in general.

The theme of this year's IHL commemoration is "Together for Humanity."

Cartujano said the Office of the President issued in 1999 Executive Order No. 134 declaring August 12 as International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Day to mark the signing of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

IHL, also known as the law of armed conflict or the law of war, is the body of rules which, in wartime, protects persons who are not or no longer participating in the hostilities. It is mainly composed of the Geneva Convention, the Hague Conventions and other treaties.

The Geneva Conventions and their two additional protocols of 1997 are the main treaties of IHL. These conventions protect the wounded and sick soldiers in the field, the wounded, sick and shipwrecked soldiers, prisoners of war, and civilians.

It only applies during armed conflicts. It does not cover isolated acts of armed violence and internal disturbances. These are dealt with by existing domestic or human rights laws. (PIA-JSC) [top]

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