Practice Relating to Rule 143. Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law among the Civilian Population
According to the Report on the Practice of Cuba, IHL is taught in the law faculties’ departments of international law and is included in postgraduate courses in Cuba.
At the 27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1999, Cuba solemnly pledged to “continue promoting dissemination of the norms and principles governing international humanitarian law, with a view to heightening the population’s awareness thereof”.
In 2010, in its report to the UN General Assembly on the Status of the 1977 Additional Protocols, Cuba stated:
Cuba has a great deal of experience in the dissemination and teaching of international humanitarian law. The Centre for Studies in International Humanitarian Law was established in Cuba more than 15 years ago … . Cuba has thus been able to include international humanitarian law in the curricula of the national education system. It has also contributed to the dissemination and teaching of international humanitarian law among foreign students in Cuba and professionals from Central America and the Caribbean.
The Centre, which was recently fully accredited as a postgraduate teaching institution for the National Health System, is under the University Of Medical Sciences Of Havana.
The Centre offers, inter alia, basic courses for instructors, postgraduates and degree holders, as well as workshops and lectures. It is involved in various national and international events, promoting an active exchange of up-to-date information on international humanitarian law. …
The Cuban Red Cross Society, the National Union of Jurists, universities and schools of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Public Health are also involved in the dissemination and teaching of international humanitarian law, for their respective audiences.
Cuba reaffirms its readiness to provide further assistance to the ICRC and Red Cross societies of different countries in their noble task of spreading knowledge of international humanitarian law in Cuban society and in other countries.
In 2010, in a statement before the UN General Assembly on the status of the Protocols Additional to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of Armed Conflicts, the representative of Cuba stated:
[Cuba] … has also accumulated experience in the dissemination and instruction of international humanitarian law. We have a Centre for the Study of International Humanitarian Law, … which has made a significant contribution to the dissemination and instruction of international humanitarian law to … the Ministry of the Interior, other State officials and Cuban civil society. We have [also] contributed to the dissemination and instruction of international humanitarian law in Central American and Caribbean countries.
Finally, Cuba reiterates its willingness to work towards the global implementation of the rules of international humanitarian law and continues to collaborate with the International Committee of the Red Cross and its various associations in the noble endeavour of disseminating the teaching of and respect for international humanitarian law.