ECOWAS, Red Cross move to pro­tect civil­ians dur­ing con­flicts

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Olu­dare Richards, Abuja

THE Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States ( ECOWAS) Com­mis­sion and the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have val­i­dated an ac­tion plan on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Laws (IHL) 2019-2023 at a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing in Abuja.

The move seeks to en­sure that glob­ally ac­cepted laws are ob­served dur­ing armed con­flict in West Africa, thereby pro­tect­ing the fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights of the cit­i­zens.

Con­se­quently, in­for­ma­tion is to be dis­sem­i­nated to se­cu­rity agen­cies and armed forces of mem­ber states as well as sen­si­tis­ing civil so­ci­ety and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, the ju­di­ciary and in­clud­ing the laws in the cur­ric­ula of schools.

Ad­dress­ing the par­tic­i­pants at the week­end, the Com­mis­sioner for So­cial Af­fairs and Gen­der, ECOWAS Com­mis­sion, Dr. Siga Fa­tima Jagne, stated that the ac­tion had be­come im­per­a­tive in view of the cat­a­strophic ef­fects of con­flicts in the sub-re­gion.

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