Even in war there are limits. The Geneva Conventions protect civilians, prisoners of war and wounded. Humanitarian principles are at the core of the Red Cross mission; wartime humanitarian action was at the heart of the creation of the Red Cross.
Through the International Humanitarian Law program, the Red Cross effectively reaches out to the next generation, helping them to understand and respect international humanitarian law and to learn how to be responsible global citizens.
The Central Illinois Chapter was selected as one of 8 chapters across the country to receive a grant to train local students to implement their own International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign. This student-led campaign will help to raise awareness on campus about the importance of protecting humanitarian rights in a global community.
Students from Bradley University will partner with students from Valparaiso University in Indiana to learn how to recruit their own teams and form their campaign to be implemented on campus in the spring of 2014. This year’s program will focus on child soldiers and international justice.
“For these students, putting themselves into the shoes of prisoners of war, military leaders and humanitarian aid workers really makes them think twice about how people should be treated during conflict,” said Dr. Bob Wiltz, Red Cross volunteer and International Humanitarian Law instructor.
Four students from Bradley University will travel to Valparaiso University this weekend, October 4 – 6, to begin their training. This conference will serve as a “train the trainer” session, empowering students to teach their peers about the rules of war.
For more information about the Red Cross International Services including International Humanitarian Law, please visit http://www.redcross.org/what-we-do/international-services.