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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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Living with Uncertainty: Needs of the Families of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka

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

Lebanon: Collection of biological samples renews hope for families of the missing

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

Nigeria: ECOWAS member states discuss implementation of international humanitarian law

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

Sudan: ICRC postpones operation to transfer detainees

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

South Sudan: New fighting forces thousands of civilians to flee

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

South Sudan: ICRC airplanes evacuate 17 people wounded in clashes from Raja

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

Armenia / Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani citizen repatriated

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

Ukraine crisis: Intensifying hostilities endanger civilian lives and infrastructure

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

Lake Chad: 'Not a day goes by without a child dying of malnutrition'

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

Somalia: Detainees receive food, Quran for Ramadan

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

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