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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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Syria: ICRC alarmed by deteriorating situation in Aleppo region

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

Syria: Desperate population needs regular unimpeded aid, whatever talks outcome

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

Syria: Humanitarian situation deteriorating as winter approaches

3 December 2015 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: Humanitarian assistance urgently needed in old city of Homs

12 July 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Enhancing Protection for Civilians in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence

September 2008 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Thematic Reports

How is the Term "Armed Conflict" Defined in International Humanitarian Law?

March 2008 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Research, Background and Discussion Papers

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