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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 frees Canadian citizen

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

Sudan: ICRC visits Sudanese soldiers held by armed opposition group

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

Colombia: Emergency relief for 14,000 people in Antioquia

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

Georgia: Burying son "dream come true" for mother

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

Yemen: Alleviating the suffering of detainees

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

Libya: Helping people resume normal life

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

Colombia: Social unrest hinders access to health care

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

Guinea: Several dozen casualties taken to N'zérékoré hospital

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

Mogadishu: Food rations for detainees

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

Syria: Humanitarian assistance urgently needed in old city of Homs

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

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