PHOENIX (Jan. 7, 2013) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is conducting an international humanitarian law workshop Saturday, Jan. 12 at its Phoenix headquarters, with intentions of raising awareness about human dignity in the midst of war, the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of international humanitarian law and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict.
The free seminar, “Humanity in the Midst of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law,” is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85015. The volunteer instructor is Geoff Fox, a law clerk for a U.S. District Court federal judge in Phoenix. He studied international humanitarian law with the prosecutor of Slobodan Milosevic and at the University of Oxford. He’s licensed to practice law in New York, and he’s awaiting bar admission in Arizona. A continental breakfast, featuring pastries, coffee and tea, will be provided at 8:15 a.m.
According to international humanitarian law, parties to an armed conflict must always distinguish between civilians and those involved in fighting, and they’re supposed to take all precautions to spare civilian lives. In addition, medical staff and facilities, as well as humanitarian relief personnel, should be protected from attack. Through an informal, hands-on approach utilizing group activities, class discussion and multimedia, this course invites participants to reflect on their images and perceptions of armed conflict and explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.