Papua New Guinea has had its first International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Committee inaugural meeting in Port Moresby today.
The committee responsibility is to implement and regulate International Humanitarian Laws to limit the effects of armed conflict.
Chairman Dr. Lawrence Kalinoe said as PNG is subscribing to international obligations, it requires us to invoke IHLs in conflict situations like sending soldiers on peace keeping missions overseas.
The International Humanitarian Law Committee comprised of senior members of relevant government organisations including those from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The ICRC Regional Legal Advisor, Netta Goussac said ICRC works around the world to assist and protect people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.
“They are also mandated to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening international humanitarian law and principles,” she added.
Their presence today shows that there is interest in discussing how PNG can enhance protection in armed conflict through its domestic laws and policies.
Dr. Kalinoe said they are convinced that a clear framework of rules at the international level, accompanied by corresponding rules, policies and enforcement at the national level, strongly contributes to saving lives and reducing suffering.
The Committee commended the Government on the creation of a National IHL Committee in PNG and are keen to share our experience about what such a body can accomplish.