The Ecuadorian Chancellery commemorates the 20 years of the signing of peace with Peru with an event of humanitarian law and preventive diplomacy, within the framework of the inauguration of the tenth edition of the international humanitarian law course Antonio José de Sucre.
The course, which began on Monday 28 and ends on Wednesday, May 30, is organized by the Foreign Ministry in the exercise of the presidency of the National Commission for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law in Ecuador (Conadihe), together with the Ministry of National Defense, the Ecuadorian Red Cross and the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross for Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.
The Foreign Minister, José Jácome, congratulated the successful trajectory of the Conadieh and recognized that international humanitarian law functions as a necessary mechanism that limits the parties to a conflict to conduct hostilities with parameters that respect human rights of military and civilians.
“Let us not be mistaken, the mere existence of weapons and conflicts is a denial of human rights (…) The correct and effective application of international humanitarian law will directly affect the limitation of negative consequences on the civilian population and on the medium and long term in greater possibilities of reaching and sustaining peace “, assured Jácome.
The Minister of National Defense, Oswaldo Jarrín, mentioned that preventive diplomacy is the best way to prevent conflicts from occurring and prevent the escalation of violence, but for that “it is required that this positive peace be constructive in society, that people have the opportunity for growth and well-being ”
Former Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero stressed that the future of Latin America and its democracies are in “intelligent security and an active and positive peace”.
The first panel of the course addressed the theme of the Culture of Peace and the prevention of conflicts in a multipolar world in which Jacome, Zapatero, the head of the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for Peru, intervened. Bolivia and Ecuador, Philippe Guinand and Minister Jarrin.
In the three days of the tenth edition of the course, participants will discuss the relationship between international humanitarian law and preventive diplomacy. The theme of this course was projected as a reflection of the notion of “sustainable peace”, reiterated on several occasions by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Gutérres.
The Conadihe was created by Executive Decree in 2006 and is composed of the Foreign Ministry (presidency), Ministry of National Defense (vice-presidency), Ecuadorian Red Cross (Secretariat), Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion, National Assembly, National Court of Justice and Attorney General of the State. (I)