On 7-9 December 2016 International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and Iranian Red Crescent Society in cooperation with the Institute of Contemporary Studies on Islam and IHL organized II International Conference on Islam and IHL in the Holy-city of Qom, Iran. The I International Conference on Islam and IHL was held for the first time 10 years ago in 2006 in the Holy-city of Qom, Iran. Thus, the conference came with a topic of concern, built on the experience and outcomes of a decade of dialogue and in this regards, it was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the dialogue exiting between humanitarian and Muslim scholars on common humanitarian values in Islam and International Humanitarian Law.
Considering the human suffering, destruction and polarization in the Middle East, affecting people not only in the region, but far beyond, the conference came at a very important time, and therefore, brought together many prominent IHL experts, Islamic scholars and other religious leaders, ICRC delegates and National Red Crescent Societies’ representatives from more than 20 countries.
The official opening ceremony of the II International Conference on Islam and IHL was held on 7th of December with the participation of the President of ICRC, Mr. Peter Maurer, President of Iranian RC, Dr. Ziaee, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, Dr. Abbas Araghchi and Deputy Minister of Defence of Iran, General Nasrolah Kalantari. In his opening speech the President of the ICRC, Mr. Maurer called the 10th anniversary of the Dialogue on Common Humanitarian Values in Islam and IHL a moment to take stock and to look forward.
The second day of the conference was dedicated to panel discussions providing the opportunity to experts of Islamic jurisprudence and international humanitarian law to jointly retrieve existing common humanitarian values in Islam and IHL and to discuss religious, legal and humanitarian matters in a language that was understandable to all cultures. Herein, the main topics of the panel discussions were common humanitarian values in world religious, protection of groups such as civilians, dead, missing, IDPs and refugees from the perspective of Islamic jurisprudence, and protection of environment and natural resources from the perspective of Islamic jurisprudence.
On 9th of December, 2016 the ICRC delegation in Iran and Iranian RC organized a round-table to provide an open platform of discussion and exchange of thoughts on Islam and IHL for the delegates of ICRC and representatives of the National Red Crescent Societies. The staff of International Relations Department, Naila Omarova and Nigar Rustamzade represented the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society at the International Conference and round-table.