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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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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

Libya: medical supplies delivered to Bani Walid amid tensions

11 October 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Somalia: 60,000 flood and conflict victims in Beletweyn receive aid

10 October 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan: outgoing ICRC head warns of humanitarian crisis

8 October 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Somalia: despite humanitarian efforts, 2012 remains challenging

31 September 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: humanitarian situation deteriorates

28 September 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Democratic Republic of the Congo: ever more displaced people and war casualties

27 September 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

South Sudan: water shortages hit crisis point in refugee camps

20 September 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Israel/occupied territories: three Palestinian detainees on hunger strike risk death

14 September 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

A humanitarian perspective on the privatization of warfare

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

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