YRCS, ICRC hold scientific seminar [Archives:2005/837/Local News]

April 28 2005

ADEN- With the conflicts of the 21st century, it is vital that scholars and academics exchange views on how to preserve humanity and independent humanitarian action in the light of both the Islamic Shari'a and modern international humanitarian law.

For the purpose, the Yemeni Red Crescent Society, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC – an impartial, independent and neutral international organization working to protect victims of armed conflict), and the Faculty of Law at Aden University are organizing a two-day seminar on April 24-25.

The seminar aims at exploring the common elements of Islamic Law and International Humanitarian Law in terms of respect for the life and dignity during times of war, as well as the rules concerning the different aspects in the conduct of warfare.

One of the aims of the seminar is the exploration of how rules of IHL and the Islamic Shari'a protect the victims of armed conflicts on the base of humanitarian values. In addition to showing the violations that expose people to criminal liability in the rules and principles of IHL and Islamic Shari'a.

It also aims to discuss the meaning of independent humanitarian action for the safeguard of IHL rules in today's conflicts.