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Contest held to commemorate Red Cross anniversary


08:30, June 28, 2013

BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A national Red Cross knowledge contest was launched on Thursday in Beijing to raise public awareness on International humanitarian law, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) said.

Those aged from six to 35 are eligible to participate in the four-month contest, which the RCSC hopes will raise the public knowledge of the humanitarian law, especially among the youngsters. Participants can answer questions online, with winners receiving prizes.

In order to cope with humanitarian crises such as armed conflicts, natural disasters, terrorism and climate change, joint efforts from government, society and citizens are needed, said Zhao Baige, RCSC executive vice-president.

The event marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Also on Thursday, more than 40 representatives from 11 East Asia and Southeast Asia countries gathered in Beijing to discuss issues regarding International humanitarian law.

Thierry Meyrat, head of Regional Delegation for East Asia with the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the livelihood of tens of millions of displaced, as well as victims of wars have the right to be protected.

Meyrat said he hoped the representatives could share their experiences and take joint efforts to tackle the challenges they are facing.

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