By Elias Hakizimana.
Rwandan law students who are studying Law and International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) are se to become experts in dealing with international crimes and help the community to know and prevent such crimes through competition.
With the support of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), these students were enabled to showcase their knowledge in international crimes management through the competitions dubbed ‘National Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law.’ That brought together different Universities.
Innocent Habumugisha Muragijimana, a 4th year student in International Humanitarian Laws at Kigali Independent University (ULK) reiterated that the competition helps them to understand the course of IHL better than before.
“We are now motivated to do further research on these laws after this competition; and as we win, we will go to Arusha as flagbearers to represent our country in other competitions with African countries,”
According to Ntete Jules Marius, Inspector General of Prosecution, the competitions helps these students to have practical experience beyond the theory of what they learn at Universities.
“The first benefit of this initiative is to raise skills and knowledge by linking theories with practices, the second one is to enable the community know about International Crimes so that they manage to prevent them and be aware of how International Convention states about that. They also manage to know the consequences of these crimes,” said Ntete.
Despite international crimes are committed quite often, Ntete said that the community is not aware of them, the challenge that he said the students will address as they continue increasing the knowledge.
He said the training pull students from the shadow of ignorance and become more competent in practices.
Pascal Cuttat, Head of Delegation of ICRC said that the main idea is to give the students the possibility to debate in front of courts and through the training they get to know how current conflicts develop.
“The ICRC is more than 150 years old and with operations in most of the world’s conflicts, we bear witness to untold human suffering and work to alleviate human suffering during times of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to promote international humanitarian law. This being at the heart of our mandate is also the primary objective of our competition,” Cuttat noted.
The competitions are held every year to boost the knowledge of student lawyers and the winners of the late will be given an opportunity to stand for Rwanda Government in Arusha where different students from African countries will be competing in International Crimes management.
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