Lieutenant General Datuk Hj Abdul Halim bin Hj Jalal is ably assisted by Colonels Jamal Rodzi Dahari (retired), Colonel NoorHishmuddian and Colonel Azlan Iskandar (retired) Malaysian military lawyers who had teach at NDUM and are members of the CoMIHL-shared the passion and CoMIHL's vision right from the beginning.
A key group which supported and shared in the development of CoMIHL's creation and work program have been the military lawyers of the Asia Pacific region. This group has been consulted and has offered guidance and ideas throughout. In August the ICRC's Kuala Lumpur office hosted the 3rd Annual Senior Military Lawyers Round Table-the top military lawyers and Directors of military legal institutes from 21 countries and discussed the way forward for the CoMIHL and how the Center can best help train their lawyers on IHL related issues.
Starting from 2019, CoMIHL with support from ICRC had organized five regional Asia Pacific and three national IHL events. Since then, more than 200 participants from the Asia Pacific has walked through the gates of CoMIHL, making Malaysia the hub for International Humanitarian Law training as well as the ICRC contribution as the reference organization for International Humanitarian Law for the Asia Pacific.
the mission of the ICRC is to provide assistance to victims of war. One of the most important ways to reduce the adverse impact of military operations upon civilians is for militaries to integrate the IHL into their doctrine, training, planning and execution phases.
IHL Doctrine, Rules of Engagement, Targeting Frameworks, as examples, which comply with IHL do not hinder a militaries ability to engage enemy forces- but they do limit the effects upon civilians.
Consequently, given the ICRC's mission and our historic role as guardians of the Geneva Conventions and the IHL- we have a shared policy objective with your militaries of promoting IHL -that's what brings us together this week and that's why we put such an emphasis on IHL- and indeed the creation of CoMIHL and by identifying military lawyers as our target audience. A well trained military reduces the impact on civilians and humanitarian needs in operational spaces.
Ms. Biljana Milosevic
by Kirby Abbott, 2017