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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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International humanitarian law and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts

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

Annual Report 2015 - Azerbaijan

9 May 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

Annual Report 2015 - Guinea

9 May 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

Annual Report 2015 - Mali

9 May 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

Annual Report 2015 - Haiti

9 May 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

Annual Report 2015 - Lima (regional)

9 May 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

Annual Report 2015 - Yaoundé (regional)

9 May 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Annual Reports

To Serve and to Protect - Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for Police and Security Forces

December 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Thematic Reports

Central African Republic: ICRC transfers seven military personnel released in Sam Ouandja

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

Libya: situation remains difficult for population of Bani Walid

26 October 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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