Emirates News Agency – Officers from over 20 countries meet to discuss protecting civilians in partner military operations


ABU DHABI, November 22, 2021 (WAM) – The Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), held a workshop on Monday with a focus on Partnered Military Operations (PMO) with around 30 high-ranking military personnel from over 20 countries.

The three-day workshop is intended to serve as a platform for the exchange of knowledge between military practitioners, humanitarian and academic experts on measures to improve the protection of civilians and civil objects; in addition to restricting ordnance in military operations during armed conflict.

The PMO workshop takes place three years after the ICRC and the Ministry of Defense first hosted the Senior Workshop for International Rules in Military Operations (SWIRMO) in the region in 2018.

The workshop will look at the application of international humanitarian law to military operations while providing senior military officials with information about the ICRC’s mission, its role and its role in international conflicts.

The Department of Defense noted that in addition to the opportunities and challenges of promoting the partnership implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the PMO workshop will provide attendees with the tools and skills necessary to identify the lessons learned.

Brigadier General Salem Jumaa Al Kaabi, Head of the Defense Department’s Military Justice Executive, said: “The UAE’s humanitarian approach was initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whose path was followed by His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa. Zayed Al Nahyan was completed, who created valuable framework conditions from which humanitarian ideas arose and based on the principles of protecting the civilian population, protecting the weak, helping those affected and helping all those in need without discrimination of religion or race , Gender, color, or political affiliation in armed conflict. ”

Al Kaabi added that the United Arab Emirates attach particular importance to international humanitarian law, a branch of international law. The country is one of the first countries to set up a national committee in support of international humanitarian law in 2004 and is home to the regional center for the Arab states to train Arab diplomats on the subject. It is also among the countries that have recognized the International Humanitarian Commission of Inquiry, as well as one of the few countries to have adopted the International Criminal Law, which follows the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“The UAE wanted to accede to most of the international conventions regulating issues of humanitarian law, and all of this is done within the framework of government support for the definition and dissemination of international humanitarian law. The UAE continues to seek to strengthen its relationship “with the ICRC through its mission to the United Arab Emirates,” he continued.

“We appreciate the great role played by the ICRC, which has set itself the task of disseminating and implementing the provisions of international humanitarian law,” said Al Kaabi.

For his part, Clare Dalton, ICRC Head of Mission in the United Arab Emirates, said: “The workshop provides a unique platform on which we seek to improve the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Host this important event that is consistent with our strategic relationship with the United Arab Emirates and our shared pursuit of global dialogue on major humanitarian and international humanitarian law issues. ”

The ICRC has launched a Global Armed Conflict Relationship Support (SRI) Initiative to work with the military and other stakeholders to identify practical measures to strengthen the protection of civilians. The ICRC works with a range of actors around the world to understand policies, practices and operational challenges relevant to relationship support, as it believes that armed actors can and should use their influence on one another to gain respect to promote international humanitarian law.


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