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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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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

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

Nepal: over 1,400 people still unaccounted for

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

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