International Services: International Humanitarian Law
Even in war there are limits. International humanitarian law, which includes the Geneva Conventions, is at the core of the global Red Cross network. It is critical to preserving a minimum of humanity in the worst of circumstances.
To spread the universal concepts of humanitarianism, the Red Cross offers an informal classroom course entitled “The Humanity in the Midst of War - Introduction to International Humanitarian Law (IHL).” This course raises awareness about the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of international humanitarian law, and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict. Through a hands-on approach utilizing group activities, class discussion and compelling multimedia, this course invites participants to reflect on their images and perceptions of armed conflict and to explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity even in the midst of war.
The Red Cross can also help educators bring the concepts of Humanitarian law into the classroom, to inspire and engage the next generation of humanitarians. The Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) curriculum is an adaptable resource for teachers seeking to engage high school and college students. The curriculum’s adaptable resources give teachers easy-to-use information to make lessons about human life and dignity come alive in the classroom.
In Massachusetts, if you are interested in learning more about our International Humanitarian Law program, please contact: MAINTL@redcross.org