ECOWAS, Red Cross move to protect civilians during conflicts
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.