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ICRC, Swiss Embassy in Kuwait host special film screening to mark 75 years of Geneva Conventions

The event highlighted the crucial role of International Humanitarian Law in conflicts and reaffirmed states’ commitment to protecting humanity in wartime.

  • “In light of the many ongoing and erupting conflicts, and the grave human suffering these continue to bring, we can hardly call this year a year of celebration. Rather, the 75th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions is a cause for commemoration,” said H. E. Tiziano Balmelli, the Swiss Ambassador to Kuwait.

  • “The Geneva Conventions have stood as beacons of hope and pillars of protection. Today, we are reminded of our duty to walk the talk: to ensure their relentless application and promotion,” said Mamadou Sow, the ICRC’s Regional Head of Delegation for the GCC.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy in Kuwait, organized a special film screening and discussion evening to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions.

This event underscored the enduring significance and essential role of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in the context of armed conflicts. It served as a reminder of States’ commitment to the universally established rules designed to protect humanity during wartime.

The screening featured a short film outlining the origins of the Geneva Conventions, examples of their successful application, and their continued relevance in the face of ongoing and emerging challenges. This short film aimed to provide an overview of IHL’s vital role in protecting civilians during armed conflict.

The event also provided an informal platform for dialogue and reflection on how these conventions remain relevant in the shifting context of armed conflict.

Mamadou Sow, the ICRC’s Regional Head of Delegation for the GCC, reflected on the significance of this anniversary, “This year, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, it is imperative to reiterate our unwavering dedication to these fundamental laws of war. The Geneva Conventions have stood as beacons of hope and pillars of protection. Today, we are reminded of our duty to walk the talk: to ensure their relentless application and promotion.”

His Excellency Tiziano Balmelli, the Swiss Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, also shared his thoughts on the meaning of the event, “War spares no one. In today’s conflicts, fighting rarely takes place on battlefields away from civilians; it also occurs in public spaces, including schools and hospitals. In light of the many ongoing and erupting conflicts, and the grave human suffering these continue to bring, we can hardly call this year a year of celebration. Rather, the 75th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions is a cause for commemoration. We commemorate that, thanks to these rules established 75 years ago, 194 States can come together and agree on the basic need for human dignity, and humanitarian actors such as the ICRC can work to deliver essential necessities to move towards that goal.”

The event attracted a diverse group of attendees, including government officials, academics, members of the diplomatic community, and representatives from non-governmental organizations. The discussions following the screening reflected a collective commitment to the principles of humanity at all times.

As part of the 75th-anniversary commemorations, the ICRC and Switzerland are hosting a series of initiatives around the world aimed at reinforcing the education and implementation of IHL. These include public lectures and partnerships with local institutions to foster a broader understanding and adherence to these laws.



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