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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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Professional Standards for Protection Work Carried out by Humanitarian and Human Rights Actors in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence

October 2009 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

Addressing the Needs of Women Affected by Armed Conflict

2 March 2004 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Thematic Guidelines

Annex to the Guidance Document: General and Specific Protection of Women under International Humanitarian Law

2 March 2004 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

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