L O C A L E V E N T
Red Cross Hosts Free Humanitarian Law Course
Saturday August 25, 2012
The American Red Cross of Santa Barbara County is hosting a free course on International Humanitarian
Law Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at their office located at 2707 State St.
The free course which is open to the public discusses the Geneva Conventions, the basic rules of
international humanitarian law and the role of the Red Cross during armed conflict to implement IHL.
The course explores the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity even in the midst of the
excesses of war.
This year marks a special anniversary for the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network. Sixty years
ago, following the atrocities of World War II, nations of the world convened in Switzerland to revise and
expand upon war-time protections granted in earlier treaties. Four Geneva Conventions resulted, which
safeguard those who do not take part in fighting and those that can no longer fight- wounded, civilians,
and prisoners of war. The Red Cross emblem is synonymous with these humanitarian protections, and
the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network is charged with promoting these rules.
For more information, please contact the Red Cross of Santa Barbara County at (805) 687-1331.
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