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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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Georgia/Abkhazia/South Ossetia: More than 30 gravesites to be excavated in search for missing people

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

Philippines: ICRC steps up response to needs linked to fighting in Marawi City

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

Ukraine crisis: Too many families still searching for missing loved ones

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

Somalia: Big influx at nutritional feeding centres for children

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

Yemen: Access to detainees a humanitarian must

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

Tajikistan: ICRC provides medical supplies to Ishkashim District Hospital

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

Detainees' contacts with families are Israel's obligation under IHL

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

Yemen: As situation deteriorates, ICRC doubles its aid budget

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

Lebanese authorities must pass a law on missing persons

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

Sudan: ICRC assisted 253 detainees released by government

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

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