Red Cross gears for Walk for Humanity

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Friday, August 8, 2014


THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Zamboanga City Chapter gears for the holding of Walk for Humanity in a bid to promote the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in the city.

PRC-Zamboanga City Chapter Service Representative Gabriel Sison said the Walk for Humanity, which is the 11th, will be held on Sunday, August 10.

Sison said it will start from Mayor Vitaliano Agan Avenue (Nuñez Extension) to Paseo del Mar, where a short program with be followed.

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The program’s guest speaker will be Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lieutenant General Rustico Guerrero.

Sison said around 4,000 individuals from the different sectors are expected to participate in the Walk for Humanity the proceeds of which will be used to promote the IHL in this city.

He said this year’s activity is themed: “Promoting IHL towards achieving national solidarity.”

IHL is a set of rules which restricts the use of weapons and methods of warfare. It protects people who are not or no longer participating in hostilities and it has the aim of protecting human dignity and to limit suffering during times of war.

The law requires parties to a conflict to distinguish combatants and civilians and to refrain from attacking civilians, care for the wounded and sick, ensure the dignity of prisoners of war and civilian internees is preserved by allowing visits by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegates.

IHL protects civilians, medical and religious military personnel, wounded, sick combatants and prisoner of war and it is important because it is one of the most powerful tools the international community has at its disposal to ensure the safety and dignity of people in times of war with the guiding principles that even in war there are limits. (Bong Garcia)

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