The 14th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot
24 Teams of Asia-Pacific Law Students Compete in Humanitarian Law Trials
Over a hundred of law students from 21 Asia-Pacific cities gathered in Hong Kong and participated in the 14th Red Cross International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot (Asia-Pacific Region) in the middle of last month. A total of 24 teams of law students battled in a series of simulated trials of controversial issues related to armed conflicts and humanitarian challenges including commission of genocide; bombing hospital suspected of armed with anti-aircraft missiles; armed robot in fully autonomous mode firing civilians and wounded soldiers; as well as closure of border to prevent flood of refugees.
Nepal Earthquake 2015: One year on
It has been one year since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on 25 April 2015 with a magnitude 7.3 followed on 12 May 2015. The two earthquakes caused widespread devastation in the mountainous landlocked country and affected more than 50% of the 75 districts. Thousands of traumatized people camped out in open areas as aftershocks continued for months.
Hong Kong Red Cross Launches Emergency Appeal
to Support the People Affected in Ecuador Earthquake
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Ecuador’s central coast in the town of Muisne on 17 April 2016 Hong Kong time. Hong Kong Red Cross is appealing to the public for donation to support the acute disaster relief and recovery assistance in Ecuador. The earthquake caused widespread destruction. Roads have been badly damaged, bridges have collapsed and power supplies have been affected.
Japan Earthquake 2016
An earthquake of Magnitude 6.4 hit Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu of Japan at 9:26pm local time on 14 April 2016. It was the strongest earthquake since the 2011 East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami. Several aftershocks have been reported since the main earthquake. Blackout affected more than 10,000 households for several hours in some areas. At least 9 people were killed and over 900 were injured. 20 houses have collapsed and more than 40,000 people have stayed in 500 evacuation centers. According to the reports, there is no damage to the nuclear power plants at this moment.
Sichuan Ya'an Earthquake Three Years On
On 20 April 2013, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Lushan County of Ya’an Prefecture in Sichuan Province, with over 2 million people were affected, more than 250,000 houses were seriously damaged or collapsed. Three years after the earthquake, the Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) has completed all relief and reconstruction programmes, supported over 3,000 affected families to rebuilt safer houses.
Fiji Cyclones 2016: Information Bulletin 1
As Fiji is struggling to recover from the devastating damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston six weeks ago, the island nation is again battered by strong winds and extensive flooding from Cyclone Zena last week. Although the storm weakened and moved quickly over Fiji on 7 April, heavy rainfall caused flash flooding and power cuts in several parts in the country. Two deaths have been reported, the authorities have opened 79 evacuation centres in which at least 3,592 people have sought shelter.
Hong Kong Red Cross Humanitarian Education Centre
Asia’s First War Zone Explorative Tour on Offer to Reflect Humanitarian Values
The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) established Humanitarian Education Centre and invited members of different media for visit on April 8. Through thematic exhibitions and explorative activities, the Centre encourages visitors to cultivate humanitarian vision and support humanitarian actions. “4E” education model is adopted by the Centre, allowing visitors to Explore, Experience, Exchange and Engage in humanitarian issues.