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Rabu, 19 September 2012

Red Crescent members gain insight into humanitarian issues

Leo Kasim
Sunday, December 4, 2011
FIFTY young Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) members were introduced to issues on humanity and humanitarian work through means of International Humanitarian Law development programmes yesterday.

BDRCS together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) started a training camp at the Jubli Perak Recreational Park where participating members took the opportunity to learn more about Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL).

The event, was officiated by guest of honour, Hj Morni Hj Damit, Chairman of Brunei Muara Division, BDRC.

In his opening speech, Camp Commandant Md Amirulrizal Makmun said, "The camp will give the chance for all participants to explore and experience EHL by gaining more knowledge on the subject through lectures, games and other activities."

The camp commandant further added that this will be a start towards developing EHL awareness among the BDRCS members.

In another speech, ICRC Regional Advisor for Asia Sukhdave Singh stressed on the youth as a very important part of society and praised the efforts of the BDRC for their commitment in running the programme.

"The ICRC believes that it is crucial to engage with youths, hoping to inspire them so that they may have a deep-rooted respect for human dignity not just during armed conflict or situations of violence, but also reflected in their daily lives," Singh said.

The youth participating now will also be pioneers of the EHL training in Brunei.

"This camp is one of the many ways to connect with youths regarding issues on humanity and humanitarian work using International Humanitarian Law (IHL) development programmes," he added.

EHL is an educational programme that introduces people aged 13 to 18 years old to the basic rules and principles of IHL. Founded in 1863, the Geneva-based ICRC has supported the development of such programmes in the Asian region such as China, Singapore, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Mongolia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. On a global scale, it has seen implementation in over 60 countries. 
 Young participants from the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society in a line up a formation at the start of the society's training camp. Picture: BT/Leo Kasim
The Brunei Times 

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