The Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement: International Humanitarian Law and Enhancing Humanitarian Values

On February 19th, 2016, the UC Cambodian Red Cross Youth (UCCRCY) cooperated with the Central Cambodian Red Cross to organize a training entitled, “The Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement: International Humanitarian Law and Enhancing Humanitarian Values,” for 100 students to celebrate the 153rd Anniversary of the World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day on May 8th, 2016.

To begin, Mrs. Por Malis, Vice President of Operations, Advisor to UCCRCY and representative of H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Founder, Chairman of the Board Trustees and President of The University of Cam-bodia, thanked the Cambodian Red Cross for always supporting the activities of the Cambodian Red Cross Youth at the University of Cambodia. Additionally, she thanked H.E. Sam Kosal, Director of the Human Resource Department for the Central Cambodian Red Cross, for leading the trainers to present this important information to students on international humanitarian law and new traffic laws. She also advised all students who participated in this training to listen carefully and ask questions, if there are any points that not clear. She explained that all participants must take this new knowledge and share it with their friends, students, relatives and the community at large. By sharing this knowledge, we can all help to ensure that traffic laws are respected and enforced, and together we can reduce the number of accidents.

After that H.E. Sam Kosal, Director of the Human Resource Department for the Central Cambodian Red Cross, thanked H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Honorary President of UCCRCY and thanked all club advisors and Cambodian Red Cross Youth members and students at The University of Cambodia for always supporting, and participating in, humanitarian activities and other programs of the Cambodian Red Cross. Indeed, he explained, the humanitarian work of the Cambodian Red Cross is given freely regardless of religious affiliations or political leanings; it is given to those in need, all across the country, wherever they may be. Moreover, the Cambodian Red Cross is in the process of requesting the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to incorporate the CRC’s curriculum into state curriculum and testing, particularly regarding the Foundation Principles of the Cambodian Red Cross.

 

He also highlighted that The University of Cambodia has been selected as one of the four universities (University of Cambodia, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh International University and Mekong University of Cambodia) that have been selected to participate in the National Television (TVK) debate under the title, “Youth and Compliance of Traffic Laws,” and he hopes that this year The University of Cam-bodia will defend their championship, and receive first prize again this year.

After the welcoming remarks, Mr. Kongvong Sihakvisal, Director of the Office of Dissemination, presented a brief history of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, and the humanitarian work that these organizations have done locally, and worldwide.

Mr. Khem Sophal, Head of Road Safety Projects, did a presentation about the most recent traffic legislation and the amendments to this law. Moreover, he confirmed that there are three categories that all accidents can be categorized under, they are:

  • Human factor 95%
  • Vehicle factors 4.1%
  • Natural factors 1.6%

Last but not least, Mrs. Por Malis thanked the trainers and honored guests for conducting this important training with UCCRCY members and advisors. She emphasized that information sharing is a crucial aspect of university life, and encouraged all participants, once again, to share the knowledge they have obtained today.

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