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CONGO: ICRC trains some 1,500 military officers in IHL

BRAZZAVILLE, 8 October 2003 (IRIN) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has trained some 1,500 military officers in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in the Republic of Congo, the organisation announced on Tuesday.

It said the new recruits and army veterans participated in training sessions held during the second half of September on IHL and international law concerning the conduct of hostilities. All participants received a manual on IHL and first aid, as well as teaching materials to be used by officers.

ICRC said that the training was part of a long collaboration with the Congolese military, the Forces Armees Congolaises, in the promotion of IHL in the country. Under an agreement signed by the ICRC and Congolese military chief of staff, Gen Charles Richard Mondjo, IHL training sessions are scheduled to continue through December throughout the Congo.

Theme(s): (IRIN) Human Rights

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