PRETORIA– The 18th edition of the annual regional seminar on the implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for southern Africa and Indian Ocean Island States opened in Pretoria Tuesday.
The four-day seminar is hosted by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) under the theme, “Regional contributions to the implementation and development of IHL”.
The seminar brings together participants from 16 countries in the region, including the Indian Ocean Island States, as well as Nigeria, Djibouti and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society as guest participants to reflect on the status of IHL implementation at the national level.
Representatives from the African Union (AU) Commission, Parliamentarians, the Pan African Parliament and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and senior military officials from within the region are participating.
The participants will share best practices and experiences, but also to identify emerging trends and priorities and reflect on what this means for the region.
DIRCO Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the Democratic Repub,lic of Congo (DRC) Ambassador to South Africa, Bene M’Poko, will deliver the keynote addresses on the theme.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK