UAE Will Make Humanitarian Law Studies Mandatory in Schools And Universities

The action plan of the National Committee of International Humanitarian Law studies has made it mandatory for students who enroll themselves in the UAE National Services and also those studying in the schools and universities.

This move is part of the action plan of 2019-2020 of National Committee of International Humanitarian Law. This move would promote awareness and knowledge regarding the humanitarian laws in several sectors of the society.

Mohammed Al Kamali, deputy head of the committee said that the military services are compulsory in the country and now it would be part of their subjects as well. He added that the committee is also planning to introduce courses on the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the armed conflict zones. This would be especially for those who are enrolled in the national services.

The official said that they are discussing about the inclusion of IHL in the schools and universities curriculum as well so that it enables the students in UAE to get a clear understanding of the Humanitarian laws.

While speaking in the sidelines of a press conference he announced this decision that was taken by the government officials that took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation recently.

As of now, the discussion is said to be underway with the Ministry of Education in the United Arabs Emirates.

The committee also has plans of carrying out seminars in military schools and visits the other schools while providing training to trainers on the provision of IHL. This committee would also try including the similar course as an independent subject in the undergraduate courses of law and politics and seek to establish another separate post graduation course as IHL diploma in the United Arabs Emirates.

The IHL is considered as UAE’s first national committee in the GCC, the Arab region has a total of 17 national committees established so far.