UAE Hosts Regional Training Programme for Arab Diplomats on IHL

  • 8 April 2014

The world and the Arab World are lending increasing attention to the International humanitarian law (IHL) amidst severe critical Arab and international circumstances, a top UAE official has said.

In his opening remarks at the fifth regional course for Arab diplomats on the IHL at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), Dr. Abdul Rahim Yuosuf Al Awadi, Assistant Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs, said these circumstances had generated many challenges on the feasibility and efficiency of the IHL, particularly on mechanisms to protect war victims and meeting their humanitarian needs, and compensations for victims of armed violence.

Accordingly, he stressed, building and upgrading capacities of stakeholders, mainly diplomats, is inevitable in the upcoming stage.

The programme is a fruit of close partnership between the UAE, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for accrediting the UAE as a certified regional centre for training Arab diplomats on the IHL. The UAE has taken upon itself the mission of promoting and implementing the IHL in cooperation with the ICRC. During the two-day activity, trainees get lectures on principles of the IHL with regard to legal and criminal matters as well as armed conflicts.

Al Awadi emphasised that the UAE, since its inception, has always supported international efforts in all humanitarian fields, especially in promoting IHL principles, through its respect for international relevant charters and noble human values. The UAE, he went on, had joined the Geneva Conventions which comprise four treaties, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (Chemical Weapons Convention).

He added that the UAE had also launched several initiatives to protect civilians and alleviate suffering of victims of armed conflicts across the world without any distinction in addition to delivery of humanitarian assistance in times of disasters and catastrophes.

In 2004, the UAE established the National Committee on IHL to become one of the first Arab countries to do so with the aim of promoting and enforcing the IHL in the UAE.