The Canadian National Committee for Humanitarian Law (CNCHL)

CNCHL Members

The CNCHL includes representatives from Global Affairs Canada, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, the Department of Justice, Public Safety Canada, as represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the Canadian Red Cross Society.

Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada represents Canada abroad through a network of embassies and offices around the world. Its objectives are to promote prosperity, ensure Canadians' security within a global framework, and promote Canadian values and culture on the international stage.

Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

The mission of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces is to defend Canada, its interests and its values, while contributing to international peace and security.

In Canada’s defence policy − Strong, Secure, Engaged − Canada is committed to be:

  • Strong at home, with a military ready and able to defend its sovereignty, and to assist in times of natural disaster, support search and rescue, or respond to other emergencies;
  • Secure in North America, active in a renewed defence partnership in NORAD and with the United States; and
  • Engaged in the world, with Defence doing its part in Canadian contributions to a more stable and peaceful world.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice works to ensure that Canadians enjoy a justice system that is fair, accessible and efficient. It helps the federal government to develop policy and to make and reform laws as needed. At the same time, it also serves Canadians by acting as the Government's law firm. Its responsibilities reflect the double role of the Minister of Justice, who is also the Attorney General of Canada: while the Minister is concerned with questions of policy and their relation to the justice system, the Attorney General is the chief law officer of the Crown.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. Its role is unique in the world since it is a national, federal, provincial and municipal policing body. RCMP provides a total federal policing service to all Canadians and policing services under contract to the three territories, eight provinces, approximately 198 municipalities and, under 172 individual agreements, to 192 First Nations communities.

The Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross is the leading Canadian humanitarian organization with a mission to help people and communities in Canada and around the world in times of need and support them in strengthening their resilience. All Red Cross programs and activities are guided by the Fundamental Principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.