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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: Heavy fighting in Aleppo plagues lives of hundreds of thousands

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

Azerbaijan/Armenia: Civilian internees repatriated under ICRC auspices

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

South Sudan: At least 62 wounded as fresh clashes erupt in Jonglei state

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

Syria: Two years on, immense suffering with no end in sight

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

Iraq: Population racked by heavy burden of decades of conflict

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

Somalia: Thousands of people still looking for relatives

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

Colombia: Germans released by ELN

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

Mali: Food aid for 24,000 people in Gao region

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

Libya: Thousands need help following tribal clashes in Nafusa mountains

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

DR Congo: Violence against civilians in Masisi must stop

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

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