- 07 August, 2017:
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) priorities for African states and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) activities in the region were the focus of a half-day workshop which was held this morning at the Prison Training School in Beau Bassin. Some 25 prison officers were attending.
An initiative of the National Humanitarian Law Committee under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office, the workshop has been organised in the context of a visit, from 6 to 10 August 2017, of a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and comprising Mrs Perrine Louart, Head of Regional Delegation for Indian Ocean; Ms Sarah Swart, Regional Legal Advisor; and Mr Benoit Chavaz of the Protection Department.
In his address, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Devendre Gopaul, recalled that the ICRC effects yearly visits to Mauritius and activities and meetings are organised with different parties so as to disseminate IHL.
He stated that he hoped that the collaboration between the National Humanitarian Law Committee, the ICRC and the prisons department lasts as is the case for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade; the Ministry of Education, Human Resources, Tertiary education and Scientific Research; and the Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies.
Speaking about the ICRC, Mr Gopal pointed out that it has on several occasions provided technical assistance to Mauritius which has enabled the government to draft and develop several bills relating to IHL.
In the context of the visit of the delegates from the ICRC, several workshops and bilateral meetings are on the agenda. They are: meeting on the Indian Ocean Sub-Regional Platform at the Indian Ocean Commission; meeting with the Mauritius Red Cross Society; and working sessions with members of the National IHL Committee and the National Heritage Trust Fund. A talk on IHL is also on the agenda for young diplomats at the Institute of Diplomacy in Port Louis. An exchange with barristers is also scheduled at the Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies.
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