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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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South Sudan: Angry man with gun in hand terrifies a hospital

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

Yemen: War in the time of cholera

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

Mali: Medical practitioners trained in war surgery

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

Mali: "Despite my disability, I remain a whole person…"

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

Papua New Guinea: Family visit brings hope in East New Britain

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

Mobile teams deliver health for Somalis "far, far away"

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

A village in Eastern Ukraine remembers its past

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

More needs to be done to clarify the fate of over 1,600 people missing in relation to conflict in Kosovo

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

Venezuela: People must have access to health-care services at all times

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

Philippines: No let-up in fighting in Marawi City

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

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