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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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The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of another aid worker in Syria

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

Lebanon: Giving Syrian war amputees prostheses and hope

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

Syria: Over 2,000 civilians leave besieged town near Damascus

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

Syria: ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent team abducted in Idlib

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

Syria: Untold numbers of people missing or detained

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

Syria: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores the death of two additional Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers

28 August 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

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

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

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