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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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Democratic Republic of the Congo: over 70 children rejoin their families

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

Libya: five released detainees flown home

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

Colombia: the FARC hand over a police officer and an army officer

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

Colombia: ICRC facilitates release of local politician

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

Mauritania: reunited with her son… at last!

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

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