Geneva Conventions' translations into Kazakh have been presented in Kazakh Foreign Ministry

29 October, 2018, 16:52 575
Geneva Conventions' translations into Kazakh have been presented in Kazakh Foreign Ministry

The translation of the Geneva Convention is a joint initiative of the government of Kazakhstan and the International Committee of the Red Cross.  

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan has held a presentation ceremony of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and additional protocols to them translated into the state language (Kazakh). Within the events, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Ashimbayev told that the translation of the convention into Kazakh demonstrated an expanded presence of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kazakhstan, BNews.kz correspondent reports. 

"The significance of the translations into the state language demonstrates an expanded presence of the International Committee of the Red Cross here, their commitment to work in Kazakhstan, communicate with Kazakh citizens in their own language," said Yerzhan Ashikbayev. 

According to him, the translation was a result of joint efforts of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

"The translations are unofficial. But I have read them, they are good making them comprehensible for both students, teachers and practitioners of international humanitarian law," said the Vice Minister. 

Vice President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Gilles Carbonnier during his speech at the presentation noted that the translations of the Geneva Conventions were the joint initiative of the government of Kazakhstan and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

"Of course preparations were time-consuming, we have translated all four huge Geneva Conventions and additional protocols to them. However, I am glad that we managed to finish them before the 70th anniversary since the release of the 1949 Geneva Convention that will be celebrated in the next year," said Mr Carbonnier. 

According to him, the Geneva Convention and additional protocols to them are the core of international humanitarian law, a part of international law regulating armed conflicts and aims at limiting means and methods of war. The law aims at protecting the people not taking part in armed activities such as civilians, healthcare, humanitarian workers. In addition to those who are no longer take part in military activities: those wounded, suffering diseases and prisoners of war.       

The International Committee of the Red Cross is a humanitarian organization operating around the world, following the principles of neutrality and impartiality. It protects and helps those suffered during armed conflicts and internal disturbances, is a part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, with its headquarters basing in Geneva.