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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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A humanitarian perspective on the privatization of warfare

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

Colombia: Two women freed by the ELN

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

Côte d'Ivoire: an uncertain return

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

Syria: scrambling to respond to fast-growing needs

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo: visiting conflict-related detainees

31 August 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Commentaries

Nepal: over 1,400 people still unaccounted for

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

Azerbaijan: families of missing persons gather for commemoration

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

Tunisia: improving prison conditions

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

Pakistan: ICRC activities to continue on reduced scale

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

Sierra Leone: parliament incorporates international humanitarian law

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

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