Bahrain to set up humanitarian law panel
Manama, February 17, 2014
A National Committee for International Humanitarian Law will be soon formed in Bahrain.
It will comprise representatives from Foreign Affairs, Defence and Interior ministries along with the Information Affairs Authority, National Institution of Human Rights, Bahrain University and the Bahrain Red Crescent Society, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
The committee will be overseen by the Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry.
The Cabinet yesterday approved a draft memorandum to set up the committee, which was presented by the ministerial committee for legal affairs.
The official government spokeswoman said the committee will aim to raise awareness about the International Humanitarian Law in Bahrain.
"Whether it will be programmes, studies, training and educational courses, the committee will be tasked to come up with a strategy to promote the law," she said.
"The committee will be also responsible for periodicals and prints on the law, which Bahrain is committed to embed within the community."
The proposal, which will be referred to the National Assembly, comes in line with Bahrain's agreement to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 related to the sick and wounded in wars, shipwrecks at sea, prisoners of war and civilians in times of war. - TradeArabia News Service