Iraq: training on humanitarian norms for members of the Shia Popular Mobilization Units
Following several meetings, Geneva Call held its first training sessions on international humanitarian law (IHL) for fighters, officers and members of the Iraqi Shia armed actor, the Popular Mobilization Units - Ashura Saraya. The first meeting took place on 27 February 2016 in Baghdad.
As many of the 29 participants were officers involved in the planning of military operations, participation was excellent and led to many debates and fruitful discussions. In particular, participants raised the issue of the violations of IHL perpetrated by the Islamic State group (ISg) and they asked whether these norms applied to the ISg.
This programme was developed with the support of the European Union in partnership with the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action.
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