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06/03/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/03/2020 04:20

EUROMIL: OSCE/ODIHR, DCAF & EUROMIL Online Seminar on Military Personnel’s Right to Health

On 28 May 2020, EUROMIL, together with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), organised a web-based seminar focusing on the topic of 'COVID-19 and the Military Personnel's Right to Health'.

With COVID-19 the military has been called up to supplement civilian health emergency response measures across the OSCE during the past months at an unprecedented scale, performing tasks unaligned with traditional military training and preparedness. Defence forces have had to devise new strategies and practices to protect the health of their soldiers and to guarantee good and safe working conditions. Access to healthcare and swift evacuations for soldiers, as well as access for oversight bodies to conduct monitoring and inspections are among the critical elements in applying the rights to health of armed forces personnel in this new context.

As a pre-launch event to the new edition of the ODIHR-DCAF Handbook on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Armed Forces Personnel, this webinar addressed the right of armed forces personnel to both physical and mental health during and after health emergencies, including different implications of measures for men and women in the armed forces.

The discussion was introduced and moderated by Jonna Naumanen, Human Rights Officer, Gender and Security at OSCE/ODIHR. The panel was composed of Emmanuel Jacob, President of EUROMIL, Carlos Carrion-Crespo, Specialist, Sectoral Policies Department, International Labour Organization, Tamar Gabiani, Head of the Department of Human Rights Defense in Georgia, Public Defenders Office of Georgia and Gerry Waldron, retired Medical Officer, Founder and Director of the Irish National Security Summit Slándáil. William McDermott, Project Officer, Policy and Research Division at DCAF, concluded the debate.

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