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Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP) and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights are running thematic workshops on engaging armed groups in the protection of civilians in Amman, Bangkok and Nairobi in April, May and June 2014.
The dates and links are found below:-
The workshops are an opportunity for participants to deepen their knowledge and benefit from the Academy’s latest research on the topic while bringing in their own practitioner perspectives to help move the discussion forward.
The workshops focus on how to improve the protection of civilians and other protected persons through active engagement with non-state armed groups. Based on five years of research by staff at the Geneva Academy, the workshops address the why and how of engagement, taking into account law, policy, and security concerns. The workshops are conducted in a participatory manner with participants invited to share their experiences and concerns about working with armed groups. Participants will receive the Academy’s new Policy Briefing on engaging with armed groups to help with follow-up after the workshop.
Issues to be covered during the workshop include the following:
- Motivations of armed groups and international law
- ‘Rules of Engagement’ with armed groups
- Risk assessment concerning engagement
- Addressing core protection issues (targeting of attacks, sexual violence, child recruitment, choice of weapons, detention and trial by armed groups)
The two-day workshops complement the Core Professional Trainings on Humanitarian Law and Policy. Participants in the Thematic Workshops are expected to have completed the Core Professional Training in Humanitarian Law and Policy (or an equivalent multi-day training).