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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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Three young Burundian refugees reunited with their families in Rwanda

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

Afghanistan: Displaced villagers long for home

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

Ukraine: ICRC concerned by repeated attacks against civilian infrastructure in east

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

Western Balkans: Deep concern over numbers of people still missing in Kosovo

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

Iraq: Aid reaches thousands of displaced people in war-ravaged west Ramadi

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

Syria: First aid in months reaches over 70,000 people in the central Syrian region of Al Houleh

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

Honduras: Facilitating health care in detention

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

Pakistan: Campaign to make Karachi safer for ambulance services

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

Colombia: Insidious violence on the rise in 2015

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

Kenya: Hope for women after Lamu attack

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

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