What International Humanitarian Law Contributes to Reconciliation and Forgiveness

Presented by: James Lane and Paul Frankmann, American Red Cross
Presented at: 4th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
Date of Session: June 10, 2011

Session Description: This workshop offers strategies and activities to implement healing change. Focused on the field of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) -- the law applied during times of armed conflict -- a brief history of IHL in relation to the torture and treatment of prisoners of war will be shared. Aspects of victims needs and consequence assessments will be investigated as well as the enforcement of regulations mechanisms, processes for redress of grievances, reconciliation of perpetrators and victims, and how the ultimate act of forgiveness are played-out in the world as well as at the local level. Materials are free and downloadable from the American Red Cross.