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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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Yemen: Intensified ground fighting heightens civilian suffering

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Civilians in danger

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

Afghanistan: watching an uncertain future unfold

29 February 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Commentaries

Libya: Wounded patients evacuated from Sirte hospital

6 October 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Military discipline and the law

28 September 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Somalia: trapped between conflict and natural disaster

21 April 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan: ambulance used in attack on police training compound

7 April 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

The militarization of aid and its perils

22 February 2011 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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