Army vows to respect human rights to mark IHL Day

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Philippine Army personnel of 8th Infantry (Dependable) Battalion have vowed to uphold human rights.

They made the promise during the flag-raising ceremony Monday, September 9, when they also mark the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Day.

The government troopers took their oath to strictly adhere and abide by the provisions of the IHL in the discharge of their duties and functions especially in protecting the civilians and non-combatant humanely at all times.

In this year’s theme, “IHL: Protecting the Defenseless in Times of Armed Conflict,” the celebration reminds combatants on the protection of the vulnerable – women, children, the aged, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities who had become victims of abuse of local terrorists and communist armed groups in the country.

IHL seeks to protect civilians and civilian objects from being used as military objects during armed conflicts. It is supported by other international laws and agreements, and local laws to ensure that the people not participating or no longer participating in hostilities are protected in these times.