This has been all over the place today on twit and the news. I’m not a video gamer, but I believe in a world of R & X rated video and other media they, meaning the International Red Cross, or any other entity shouldn’t be interfering in our *entertainment.” According to wiki:
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a private humanitarian institution based in Geneva, Switzerland. States parties (signatories) to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 and 2005, have given the ICRC a mandate to protect the victims of international and internal armed conflicts. Such victims include war wounded, prisoners, refugees, civilians, and other non-combatants.
But ICRC put out in their December 1 bulletin:
Video games and IHL: how should the Movement take action?
While the Movement works vigorously to promote international humanitarian law (IHL) worldwide, there is also an audience of approximately 600 million gamers who may be virtually violating IHL. Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games. In a side event, participants were asked: “what should we do, and what is the most effective method?” While National Societies shared their experiences and opinions, there is clearly no simple answer.
I’m sure both video gamers, game builders and merchants have been popping Xanax and other tranquilizers over this announcement in fear their games may be censored or even taken off the market. Reason.com, Alexandra Boivin, head of the Civil Society Relations Unit’s Department of International Law and Cooperation for the committee, declined to discuss the findings just yet and was quoted as saying:
“Unfortunately, it is too early in the discussion to share our views publicly,” Boivin told Kotaku. “We will be posting some information on the ICRC’s website in the weeks to come, with a view to stating and explaining our interest in the topic.”
Haaretz says that gamers can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now, i.e. the ICRC claims these *investigations* on their part are “false.”
I have been unable to find any subsequent statement by the ICRC to back this up. If anyone else can please comment.
Shouldn’t the Red Cross be more worried about feeding and clothing people in times of disaster than video games? Correct me if I am wrong, please. Just the publicity alone could come back and bite them in the proverbial *ss.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks