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Humanitarian rights issues improved says ICRC

November 23, 2015 5:48 pm

The International Committee of the Red Cross is pleased with the way humanitarian rights issues have improved in Fiji.

The Vice President of the ICRC Christine Beerli was in Fiji recently and has given the thumbs up for Corrections services and peacekeeping operations.

Beerli says the ICRC’s main focus in the South Pacific region is to educate authorities on the International Humanitarian Laws.

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She says a lot of work goes on behind the scenes as the ICRC conducts all its operations with discretion.

“It has to help us to develop the conditions in the prisons. Because we work on the principals of confidentiality and this gives us the excess. If we would go into a prison and then directly go to the media and tell everybody what we have seen, nowhere in the world we’ll get excess to prisons.”

The ICRC also works with Fijian peacekeepers – training them on what is required of them under international human rights laws while working in areas of conflict.

Beerli says if the world had a better understanding of the Humantarian Laws there would be less conflict.

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