Friday, February 20, 2015

AFP, ICRC conduct IHL training for soldiers

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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRS) will train about 30 soldiers on the dissemination of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in Davao City from February 23 to 26.

The first batch of soldiers who will finish this training will form part of the mobile training team that will re-echo these training activities to all line units of the Army including the personnel of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) at the 10th Infantry Division in Panacan, Davao City.

The training is organized by the AFP Human Rights Office (HRO) in partnership with the ICRC. It is part of the AFP’s advocacy on human rights protection and promotion of the IHL.

“As our frontliners, our enlisted personnel and CAFGU members need to know the basic principles of IHL, including the protection of civilians and respect for wounded or captured fighters,” said Col. Jose Antonio Carlos Motril, chief of the AFP HRO.

“This training is part of our commitment to integrate IHL into the teaching of our armed forces personnel, and we look forward to replicating this program in other areas,” he added.

The training includes lectures on IHL principles and the Philippine IHL Act, R.A. 9851, among other topics. After the training, the AFP mobile training teams are tasked to go around patrol bases to disseminate IHL among members of the Cafgu.

IHL regulates the means and methods of warfare and protects those not or no longer participating in hostilities. As guardian of IHL, the ICRC helps enhance the teaching and dissemination of IHL to increase awareness and promote compliance among weapon bearers.

The ICRC is a neutral, independent and impartial humanitarian organization that is mandated to protect and assist civilians affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.

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