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Upcoming Event

Issue: 	Afghanistan

Topic: 	International Humanitarian Law 		and Peace building:Role of  The
International Committee of the  Red Cross  		and  Red Crescent

Event: 	mid-day presentation

By:		Nicholas Borsinger

Host:		South Asia Partnership Canada

Date: 		Wednesday, November 25, 1998

Time: 		12 to 2.00 PM

At:		Suite 204
		1 Nicholas Street


The International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) is
arguably the most well-known advocate of international humanitarian law
(IHL), or “the rules of war”, in situations of conflict. The ICRC operates
its largest program worldwide in Afghanistan, where it is involved in a
wide range of activities, including medical care, prisoner exchange and
family tracing.  The “non-international internal conflict” in Afghanistan
exemplifies the most prevalent kind of post-1945 warfare, and it holds
particular challenges as well as opportunities for IHL as a tool in peace

Nicholas Borsinger, a specialist in IHL with the ICRC, is currently acting
as a councilor to the Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross Society.
He is one of the resource persons for IHL training for the Canadian armed
forces and the Lester B. Pearson School, among others.  Since he joined the
ICRC in 1986, Mr. Borsinger has served in numerous international missions
including Latin America, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Yugoslavia,
Ethiopia, Thailand, Cambodia, Romania, Georgia, Iran and Iraq.  Through
ICRC’s delegation in Tajikistan, he organized the exchange of prisoners
between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.   Mr. Borsinger will discuss ICRC’s
mission and ongoing work in Afghanistan and the role of IHL advocacy in
building peace in that country.

For more information:
Faruq Faisel, South Asia Partnership Canada 
Phone: (613) 241 1333, Fax: (613) 241 1129, 
E-mail: sap@web.net

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