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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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Protracted Conflict and Humanitarian Action: Some Recent ICRC Experiences

August 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Thematic Reports

Iraq: Up to one million people could be forced to flee their homes as fighting intensifies

29 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: Civilians must be protected, whether they stay in Eastern Aleppo or not

28 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Cambodia: Improving health care for detainees

22 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan: Getting people with disabilities back on their feet

22 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Situation in Aleppo "devastating and overwhelming" says ICRC's most senior official in Syria

21 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

International community must urgently address needs of tens of thousands of people trapped between Jordan and Syria

20 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

ICRC update on operations in Juba, South Sudan

12 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Ukraine crisis: Civilian infrastructure must not be targeted

8 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Philippines: Aid for 12,500 displaced people in Lanao del Sur

4 July 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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