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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The ICRC has a legal mandate from the international community. That mandate has two sources: the Geneva Conventions, which task the ICRC with visiting prisoners, organizing relief operations, re-uniting separated families and similar humanitarian activities during armed conflicts; the ICRC's Statutes, which encourage it to undertake similar work in situations of internal violence, where the Geneva Conventions do not apply. The Geneva Conventions are binding instruments of international law, applicable worldwide. The ICRC Statutes are adopted at the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, which takes place every four years, and at which States that are party to the Geneva Conventions take part, thereby conferring a quasi-legal or “soft law” status on the Statutes.  Website: www.icrc.org/
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Kosovo: fate of over 1700 missing persons yet to be clarified

24 November 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

The rule of law at the national and international levels - ICRC statement to the United Nations, 2011

6 October 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

No legal vacuum in cyber space

16 August 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Commentaries

Côte d'Ivoire: hundreds of civilians killed in Duékoué

2 April 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

The Layha for the Mujahideen: an analysis of the code of conduct for the Taliban fighters under Islamic law

31 March 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country Reports

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