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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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International humanitarian law and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts

October 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Conference Reports

Syria: Attack on humanitarian convoy is an attack on humanity

20 September 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

ICRC Annual Report 2012

May 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

Afghanistan: outgoing ICRC head warns of humanitarian crisis

8 October 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Philippines: more protection for victims of international armed conflicts

6 March 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan: watching an uncertain future unfold

29 February 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Commentaries

Afghanistan: outlook remains bleak despite progress in some areas

16 January 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Libya: distressing humanitarian situation in Tripoli and the west

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

Somalia: trapped between conflict and natural disaster

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

Afghanistan: ambulance used in attack on police training compound

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

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