Member states must support the ICRC in applying international humanitarian law, says PACE

In a resolution adopted today, PACE has invited member states to give active support to the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the field of international humanitarian law aimed at assisting states to accede to and implement humanitarian treaties.

The Assembly also encourages member states to support the ICRC's future objectives with regard to protection activities, the prevention of enforced disappearances and assistance to civilian victims of landmines and cluster munitions. The debate was based on a report by Michael Hancock (United Kingdom, ALDE), rapporteur of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, which gives an overview of the main areas of the ICRC’s activities and its institutional strategy until 2010.