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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

Afghanistan: insufficient access to health care exacerbates humanitarian crisis

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

Afghanistan: outlook remains bleak despite progress in some areas

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

Afghanistan ratifies the Convention on Cluster Munitions

12 September 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan: ambulance used in attack on police training compound

7 April 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan: untenable situation for civilians

15 March 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

The militarization of aid and its perils

22 February 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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