ICRC calls on youth to write for hu­man­ity

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and The Na­tional Press Club Malaysia (NPC), to­gether with the Malaysian Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety (MRCS), cel­e­brated World Red Cross and Red Cres­cent Day on Mon­day by launch­ing the 2017 Young Hu­man­i­tar­ian Writ­ers Com­pe­ti­tion, themed “Even Wars Have Lim­its”.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to those aged be­tween 16 and 30. They are wel­come to share their views on the cho­sen top­ics aimed at high­light­ing the con­se­quences of vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law, its prin­ci­ples and rules.

“On this World Red Cross and Red Cres­cent Day, as we cel­e­brate hu­man­ity, we in­vite young peo­ple, in­clud­ing jour­nal­ists, to write for hu­man­ity. Writ­ing is an ef­fec­tive way to mo­bilise at­ten­tion pub­licly on press­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues”, NPC pres­i­dent Datuk Mokhtar Hus­sain said.

Head of ICRC’s re­gional del­e­ga­tion in Kuala Lumpur, Is­abelle Bar­ras, pointed out the need to reaf­firm the rel­e­vance of the rules pro­tect­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian work­ers and healthcare de­liv­ery in armed con­flicts.

“We hope writ­ers will join in our call for com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law and an end to at­tacks on civil­ians, in­clud­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and health work­ers.”

World Red Cross and Red Cres­cent Day is cel­e­brated on May 8, each year to com­mem­o­rate the founder of the Red Cross and the re­cip­i­ent of the first No­bel Peace Prize, Henry Du­nant, who was born on May 8, 1828.

The last day for en­tries is Oct 31, 2017.

More in­for­ma­tion on the com­pe­ti­tion can be ob­tained from kualalumpur@icrc.org. Bernama

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