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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: ICRC calls on African states to honour their commitments to protect IDPs

3 April 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Zimbabwe: Mental health patients benefit from improved living conditions

23 March 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Ukraine: Experts discuss identification of mortal remains in armed conflict and other emergencies

21 March 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Eritrea: 18 years later, father finds lost son

17 March 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Yemen: ICRC strongly condemns civilian ship attack, calls for immediate investigation

17 March 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Sudan: ICRC facilitates handover of 125 detainees in cross-border operation

5 March 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Iraq: ICRC strongly condemns use of chemical weapons around Mosul

3 March 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Iraq: the ICRC steps up its humanitarian response around Mosul

23 February 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan: An appeal for the safe and unconditional release of ICRC staff

18 February 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Seven stranded Pakistanis repatriated from Yemen

11 February 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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