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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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Pakistan: Stranded in Somalia, fishermen finally return home

17 December 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Living with landmines in Bosnia and Herzegovina

4 December 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Myanmar: Back on their feet, armed with faith and dignity

1 December 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Violence in Congo's Kasai Region even harder on disabled people

1 December 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Nigeria: Prosthetic leg aids recovery after school bag bombing

29 November 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Ukraine: Lending a heart to detainees' health

17 November 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Sahel: Security concerns obscuring five-country humanitarian emergency

14 November 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Ukraine: Another winter on the frontlin

13 November 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Yemen: An urgent call to keep borders open for health, medical supplies

7 November 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Central African Republic: ICRC condemns killing of staff member

5 November 2017 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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