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Rwanda Peace Academy Conducts Regional Course on International Humanitarian Law

Twenty five military, police and civilian officers from five Eastern Africa Standby Force Member States are attending a one week training programme on International Humanitarian Law at Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) in Musanze.


Participants to the training come from the Republics of Comoros, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

The training on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), known also as the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC), was officially opened on 2 May 2016 by the Director of Rwanda Peace Academy, Col Jill Rutaremara.

In his opening remarks, Col Rutaremara stressed the importance of training the Officers on IHL as one way of mitigating or reducing effects of war.

“Africa and the world at large continue to face interstate and intrastate armed conflicts. These conflicts lead to human suffering, death and destruction. While war is by its nature cruel, its effects can be mitigated or limited”, Col Rutaremara said.

He further underscored that “all efforts should be made to ensure that civilian population and civilian properties are not targeted during armed conflicts”.

Col GAI CHATIEM, participant from South Sudan highlighted also the importance of training soldiers in IHL, saying that such training is definitely an important tool for minimizing violations of that law.

On her side, Superintendent of Police Rosemary Karamuta from Kenya noted that the training was a great opportunity to equip the participants with skills in the LOAC, to enhance the readiness of the Forces to ease future operations.

The just opened course is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Defence of Rwanda, the Government of Japan and Rwanda Peace Academy. The training will be concluded on 6 May

By Robert Muriisa, RDF.

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