Mauritius can serve as role model for other countries for its involvement with regards to the issues of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) vis-à-vis the United Nations as well as in the implementation of the IHL.
The Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Ms Perrine Louart, made this statement on 26th October 2016 following a courtesy visit by her delegation on the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, GCSK, KCMG, QC, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
Ms Perrine Louart, expressed satisfaction concerning the discussions on IHL with the Prime Minister during which she underlined that the Government has reiterated its full support to matters related to IHL as well as in furthering collaboration with the ICRC.
According to her, Mauritius is on the right path owing to its strong commitment in promoting IHL at both national and international levels. She reiterated the interest of the ICRC in its endeavors in terms of providing technical assistance to Mauritius and in strengthening cooperation in the field of IHL.
It will be recalled that Ms Perrine Louart, Head of the ICRC Delegation, Antananarivo; was accompanied by Ms Sarah Swart, Regional Legal Advisor of the ICRC, Pretoria. The delegation which also comprised Mr Charles Sagba, Legal Advisor of the ICRC, Geneva is in Mauritius in a bid to sensitise various stakeholders on recent development on IHL.
The ICRC has so far provided capacity building to youth officers and members of the National Humanitarian Law Committee which operates under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office. During the course of the visit the delegation will also provide induction courses to the Police Force. An exchange programme is also scheduled with members of the Bar Council namely, Barristers, Magistrates and Judges.
Furthermore, ICRC has supported Mauritius in its accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions as well as for the domestication of the IHL instruments in the form of, Firearms (Amendment) Act 2016; and the Anti-Personnel Mines and Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Act 2016.