Roxas City (28 August) – The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) will cap the local observance of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Month this August with a “Walk for Humanity” slated here tomorrow, August 29, through the major streets of this city.
The worldwide commemoration is spearheaded yearly by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
PNRC Capiz Administrator Nelia B. Cartujano said the local Red Cross chapter together with its Board of Directors chaired by Dr. Charlie Robles of the Department of Health (DOH) will spearhead the walk through the major thoroughfares of the city. The local chapter’s IHL Committee is chaired by lawyer Kenneth Alovera.
Together for Humanity
Cartujano pointed out that with this activity, we can increase awareness among Capizeños about the importance of IHL or the law of armed conflict or law of war and it is applied during an armed conflict.
The chapter also initiated activities during the month to intensify its information campaign on IHL among so-called “weapon bearers,” barangay leaders, barangay health workers, the academe, and the public in general.
The theme of this year’s IHL commemoration is “Together for Humanity.”
Cartujano said the Office of the President issued in 1999 Executive Order No. 134 declaring August 12 as International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Day to mark the signing of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The whole of August is observed as IHL Month.
IHL is the body of rules which, in wartime, protects persons who are not or no longer participating in the hostilities. It is mainly composed of the Geneva Convention, the Hague Conventions and other treaties.
The Geneva Conventions and their two additional protocols of 1997 are the main treaties of IHL. These conventions protect the wounded and sick soldiers in the field, the wounded, sick and shipwrecked soldiers, prisoners of war, and civilians.
It only applies during armed conflicts. It does not cover isolated acts of armed violence and internal disturbances. These are dealt with by existing domestic or human rights laws.
Tomorrow’s walk will be graced by Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco, City Mayor Vicente Bermejo and Brig. Gen. Nestor Ochoa, Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based at Camp Peralta in Jamindan town here.
Source: A. Lumaque (PIA-JSC)