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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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Colombia: ELN releases three

4 November 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Yemen: Access to Dammaj still being denied

2 November 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Growing concern for victims of fighting in North Kivu

1 November 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Lebanon: Giving Syrian war amputees prostheses and hope

30 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Colombia: FARC-EP frees United States citizen

27 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Bahrain: Experts discuss health care in places of detention

21 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Iraq: Keeping children alive

17 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: Over 2,000 civilians leave besieged town near Damascus

14 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent team abducted in Idlib

13 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Madagascar: Fighting the plague within prisons and beyond

10 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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