When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, it posed unprecedented challenges for countries, compelling governments to take stringent measures that restricted the movement of people across borders, including maritime entry points.
While the issue of maritime security and the national COVID-19 response plan has become polarized with diverging views, it raises the need for all parties to discuss their respective concerns regarding public health and crucial humanitarian needs and find tangible solutions that can be applied on ground.
Creating a platform for such a discussion, MASO 2020 workshop was organized at the National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM) by the Centre for Military & International Humanitarian Law (COMIHL), with the support of the ICRC. Government officers responsible for maritime security operations participated in the workshop that was held from 25 to 27 August.
The workshop aimed at raising awareness on the appropriate steps to address humanitarian concerns while protecting state borders during the pandemic and understanding the provision of assistance to all people in need, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or religion.
Source : Icrc