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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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Refugees, returnees and displaced persons: ICRC statement to the United Nations, 2013

6 November 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Refugees, returnees and displaced persons: ICRC statement to the United Nations, 2012

7 November 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Status of additional protocols relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts: ICRC statement to the United Nations, 2012

22 October 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Promotion and protection of the rights of children: ICRC statement to the United Nations, 2012

19 October 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

A humanitarian perspective on the privatization of warfare

14 September 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

The rule of law at the national and international levels - ICRC statement to the United Nations, 2011

6 October 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Strengthening legal protection for victims of armed conflicts - States' consultations and way forward

12 May 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Protection of civilians in armed conflict: an ICRC perspective

8 December 2010 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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