On January 18th, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held a seminar about the importance of humanitarian news coverage in Yemen for journalists from different media institutions.
Cedric Scweizer, the Head of the ICRC delegation in Yemen, said that the aim of the seminar is to share with the Yemeni journalist the ways they can share to help people affected by armed conflicts, as well as to listen to journalists and the difficulties they are facing when covering humanitarian news.
“Journalists may also help us to reach people and places we don’t know about and provide help to them. We are ready to inform journalists with any information and they will not find the words ‘No Comment’ from us,” said Scweizer.
Shahin Amana, the Media Representative for the ICRC, gave a small introduction about the job of the ICRC. Amana said that ICRC was established in 1963 and it works in four fields: help, protection, cooperation, and protection.
Ghasan al-Shami, a Lebanese journalist, said that the Arab press is owned either by the state or private individuals, so coverage of humanitarian news depends on their interests. “We have to deal with humanitarian news apart from politics and transfer it to the public through Investigation, report, analyses and opinion without the Interference of politics.”
The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.
It was on the ICRC’s initiative that states adopted the original Geneva Convention of 1864. Since then, the ICRC, with the support of the entire Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has constantly urged governments to adapt international humanitarian law to changing circumstances, in particular to modern developments in the means and methods of warfare, so as to provide more effective protection and assistance for conflict victims.