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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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Nagorny Karabakh: ICRC submits updated list of missing persons

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

Syria: Humanitarian situation deteriorating as winter approaches

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

Philippines: Improved living conditions for inmates affected by Leyte prison fire

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

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Almost 7,000 people still missing

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

Iran: Giving disabled people a chance to lead a normal life

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

Ukraine: Thousands most affected by conflict receive aid on both sides of front line

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

Ukraine: New cash assistance for displaced people without regular income

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

Syria: Water used as weapon of war

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

Sudan: ICRC facilitates handover of 18 people in Darfur

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

Yemen: Two ICRC staff members killed in attack

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

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