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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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Lebanon: Families of missing have waited long enough

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

Ukraine crisis: Several thousand families still searching for their loved ones

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

Sri Lanka: Families of missing persons learn to cope together

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

Living between two realities in Afghanistan

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

Russian Federation: "The future is here, and it is not looking good to me"

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

Philippines: Building the capacity of jail authorities to respond to overcrowding

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

Yemen Red Crescent Society volunteer killed in Taiz

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

Pakistan: More than 50 people killed in horrific bomb attack on hospital in Quetta

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

Iraq: Up to one million people could be forced to flee their homes as fighting intensifies

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

Syria: Civilians must be protected, whether they stay in Eastern Aleppo or not

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

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