Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  | 

Red Cross Humanitarian Law Program


19 October 2001 at 1:10 pm
Staff Reporter
In a rather unusual twist, considering Australia’s current controversial refugee debate, the Federal Government has approved a grant of $120,000 to assist the Australian Red Cross Society in disseminating information about international humanitarian law!

Staff Reporter | 19 October 2001 at 1:10 pm


0 Comments


 Print
Red Cross Humanitarian Law Program
19 October 2001 at 1:10 pm

In a rather unusual twist, considering Australia’s current controversial refugee debate, the Federal Government has approved a grant of $120,000 to assist the Australian Red Cross Society in disseminating information about international humanitarian law!

The principles of international humanitarian law are designed to protect the victims of armed conflict. They provide protection to those who are not, or are no longer, taking part in fighting, such as civilians, medical personnel and wounded soldiers. They also restrict methods of conducting war that are indiscriminate or cause unnecessary suffering.

Australia is a party to the Geneva Conventions regarding international humanitarian law.

The Federal Attorney General, Darryl Williams says Australia has an important obligation to disseminate the principles of international humanitarian law as widely as possible to civilians and the armed forces. Australia’s partnership with the Red Cross greatly assists in fulfilling this obligation.

The Howard Government has increased funding from $45,000 to $120,000 per year, starting in 2000-01.
The Attorney-General says this increase has allowed officers dedicated to the dissemination of international humanitarian law principles to be employed in every Australian State and Territory significantly enhancing the ability of Australian Red Cross to promote the principles of international humanitarian law throughout the community.

He says a great many Australian defence force personnel and aid workers are deployed in countries that are experiencing or have recently experienced armed conflict. The maintenance of an increased funding level recognises the Australian Red Cross’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that these men and women are well prepared for Australia’s ever-increasing role in situations of armed conflict.



PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Advertisement

Subscribe HR

Tags : Education,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

The twelve days of advocacy

Neil Pharaoh

Monday, 30th November 2020 at 5:49 pm

Peace in the age of chaos – Finding a new approach

Steve Killelea

Monday, 30th November 2020 at 5:43 pm

Learning how to effectively engage young care leavers

Deb Tsorbaris

Monday, 30th November 2020 at 5:24 pm

Organisations refusing to join redress scheme face loss of charity status

Luke Michael

Monday, 30th November 2020 at 5:08 pm

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×