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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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Working towards safer access to health care in Rivers state

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

Ukraine crisis: Water supply to 600,000 people under threat again

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

Yemen: Desperate situation for civilians trapped by intense fighting in Taiz

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

Myanmar: 4000 displaced people receive urgent assistance in Kayin State

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

Concern about deteriorating health of Palestinian detainees hospitalized in Israel

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

Jordan: A mother and daughter make contact after two years apart

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

Somalia: Civilians must be spared from fighting

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

Yemen: ICRC abhors civilian deaths in Sana'a

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

Yemen: Abducted ICRC staff member released

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

'They die unnoticed.' Medical crisis grows in South Sudan

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

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