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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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Syria: Aid reaches hardest-hit areas as fighting rages on

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

Syria: Urgent plea to warring parties to spare civilians

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

Afghanistan: ICRC strongly condemns attack on its Jalalabad office

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

Niger: Emergency aid for 2,400 people fleeing violence in Nigeria

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

Syria: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement condemns the killing of yet another SARC volunteer

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

Yemen: ICRC confirms safe return of staff members

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

Syria: Surge required in humanitarian response to needs

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

Senegal: ICRC visits people held by MFDC

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

Senegal: Income-generating projects for displaced people in Casamance

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

South Sudan: New surgical team at work in Jonglei

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

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