The 18th edition of the annual regional seminar on the implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Island States kicks off in Pretoria, this morning.
The four-day seminar is hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the theme: “Regional contributions to the implementation and development of IHL”.
The seminar brings together participants from approximately 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 Commission, Parliamentarians, Pan African Parliament and SADC Secretariat and other Senior Military officials from within the region will be 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, Ambassador Bene M’Poko are expected to deliver the keynote addresses on the theme. – SAnews.gov.za