PANO – The General Department of Politics (GDP) opened a training course on international humanitarian law on October 12 in Nha Trang city (Khanh Hoa province) for officers of Army Corps 1, 2, 3 and 4; the Air Defense-Air Force Service; the Artillery, Tank-Armored, and Commando Corps; and the Military Medical Department.

The course was organized by the General Department of Politics, the Vietnam Red Cross Society, and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Asia-Pacific.

The training course

The International Humanitarian Law, also known as Law of War or Law of Armed Conflict, is part of international law, aiming at regulating relations among states. On June 5, 1957, President Ho Chi Minh, on behalf of the Vietnam Government sent an application to accede to four Geneva Conventions on humanitarian law. Vietnam is also a member of various other international treaties, directly or indirectly relating to the International Humanitarian Law.

Vietnam’s commitment to the International Humanitarian Law’s key documents not only meets people’s aspiration but also affirms sound foreign policies of the Party and the State.

According to Senior Colonel Pham Kim Son, Deputy Chief of the Mass Mobilization Department under the GDP, over the past years, the Vietnam People’s Army has implemented information dissemination and made public the great significance, values and purposes of the International Humanitarian Law and equipped officers with knowledge of rules of war and humanitarian protection treaties for war victims.

Translated by Hong Thanh