Colombo (ICRC): Sri Lanka will host the 24th South Asia Teaching Session on international humanitarian law, organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs Sri Lanka, from 26 to 31May.
Approximately 50 nominated individuals from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan will participate in the event. Participants include government ministry officials, members of the armed forces, police services, academics and civil society organisations. Sri Lanka will be represented by 17 participants from the University of Colombo, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Attorney General's Department, the Legal Draftsman's Department, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and the Armed Forces.
Academics and experts in international humanitarian law will deliver lectures on such topics as the role of women in peace-building, the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and provisions of international humanitarian law relating to missing persons.
"This unique event enables academics, public officials and members of the armed forces from the region and beyond who work in international humanitarian law or a related field to enhance their knowledge and share perspectives," said Cherine Pollini, head of the ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka. "It is a vibrant forum for discussion of present-day challenges to international humanitarian law and of the relevance of that body of law in post-conflict situations."
The South Asia Teaching Session, which started in 1999, has developed into a prestigious academic forum recognised throughout the region. It was held in Sri Lanka once before, in 2012, and was also held previously in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.