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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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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Two Red Cross members released

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

Yemen: Health system at breaking point as cholera spreads at unprecedented rate

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

More than 350,000 people face acute water shortage in eastern Ukraine

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

Philippines: Increased health risks feared among people displaced by Marawi fighting

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

Missing Israeli nationals: Hamas must abide by international humanitarian law

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

Georgia/Abkhazia/South Ossetia: More than 30 gravesites to be excavated in search for missing people

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

Philippines: ICRC steps up response to needs linked to fighting in Marawi City

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

Ukraine crisis: Too many families still searching for missing loved ones

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

Annual Report 2016 - Brussels

23 May 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

Annual Report 2016 - South Sudan

23 May 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

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