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Report of the Universal Meeting of National Committees and Similar Bodies on International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

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REPORT OF THE UNIVERSAL MEETING OF
NATIONAL COMMITTEES AND
SIMILAR BODIES ON INTERNATIONAL
HUMANITARIAN LAW (IHL)


Geneva, Switzerland

29 November - 2 December, 2016

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REPORT OF THE UNIVERSAL MEETING OF NATIONAL COMMITTEES AND
SIMILAR BODIES ON INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW (IHL)

The Legal Advisor of the ICMM Colonel (ret.) Professor Ivan KHOLIKOV attended the Universal meeting of National Committees and Similar Bodies on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in Geneva from 29 November to 02 December, 2016 representing the Secretary General of the ICMM.

The event was organized in the form of plenary sessions followed by the discussions in groups dedicated to the following major topics:
1. Place, role and achievements of national committees on IHL.
2. Protection of cultural property during the armed conflict.
3. Protection of medical personnel and medical objects in times of armed conflict and other situations of violence.
4. Protection of internally displaced persons ands migrants in armed conflict.

Also the two side events we organized: one dedicated to regulating private military and security companies and the other to legal reviews of new weapons and of new means and methods of warfare.

The first day was dedicated purely to the results achieved by the national committees of different countries and was held in plenary followed by the discussions in groups, while the second day, after its first half dedicated to the results of discussions, allowed the audience to split according to their interests.

The health care session was in the focus of our organization and appeared to be quite interesting. Some of the speakers mentioned the importance of military medicine and the necessity to integrate military health care providers in the framework of the IHL implementation, mentioning NATO (COMEDS) and the ICMM.

The ICMM representative gave a brief introduction to the rest of the audience what ICMM was, its principal goals, especially focusing on the ICMM courses and its’ contribution to “Health Care in Danger Project”. It was emphasized that ICMM was doing a lot in order to spread the knowledge on IHL, especially among young military medical personnel and on the fact that ICMM remained a reliable partner of ICRC and WHO (though WHO was not present there, which caused some negative remarks).

As one of major outcomes of the meetings related to the ICMM it was decided to issue a document condemning the recent attacks on medical personnel and objects and calling the states and international organization to respect their obligations under the international humanitarian law recalling the Resolution 4 “Health Care in Danger: continuing to protect the delivery of health care together” of the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent last year along with the UN Security Council Resolution 2286 on the protection of health care in armed conflict.