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QRCS Marks International Day of Peace
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has celebrated the International Day of Peace, under the theme of "The Right to Peace: 70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights". Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has celebrated the International Day of Peace, under the theme of "The Right to Peace: 70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights". Titled "International Humanitarian Law in the Service of Peace and Security", a lecture was delivered to 50 volunteers by Dr. Fawzi Oussedik, Head of International Relations and International Humanitarian Law at QRCS. The lecture gave an overview about the definitions, historical background, and legal power of human rights. Then, Dr. Oussedik introduced the Red Cross and Red Crescent concepts as the product of political and historical events, designed to protect civilians and paramedics at times of war. The work of humanitarian organizations is governed by seven fundamental principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. As the world's biggest network of humanitarian providers, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent comprises the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 190 National Societies representing almost all countries of the world. The mandate of the Movement is to help the vulnerable and victims of conflict, disaster, or poverty, with no discrimination on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, beliefs, or political background. The International Humanitarian Law, Dr. Oussedik explained, is part of the International Law, consisting of a set of rules and conventions that apply to international and non-international armed conflicts. Their aim is to put an end to conflict and minimize the impact on civilians at the one hand, and to protect the affected populations against legal and human rights violations on the other. He highlighted intrinsic links between the provisions of the modern International Humanitarian Law and the noble Islamic teachings, which emphasize respect for the rights and dignity of each and every person. The session concluded with a statement about QRCS's efforts in relation to humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy, including: - Working towards 'humanitarianized' legislation; - Issuing emergency appeals and urging the international community to help the nations hit by natural disasters or armed conflict; - Promoting the international humanitarian law, the four Geneva Conventions, and human rights to further establish international peace and security; - Building the capacity of fellow National Societies and charitable organizations and upgrading their human, technical, and administrative resources; and - Representing the State of Qatar in regional and international social and humanitarian events. In 1981, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the International Day of Peace, as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.