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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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Zimbabwe: helping to reduce the impact of anti-personnel mines

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

Zimbabwe: helping prison authorities improve nutrition

31 December 2010 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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