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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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Iraq: ICRC strongly condemns use of chemical weapons around Mosul

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

Iraq: the ICRC steps up its humanitarian response around Mosul

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

Afghanistan: An appeal for the safe and unconditional release of ICRC staff

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

Seven stranded Pakistanis repatriated from Yemen

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

Yemen: Urgent plea to warring parties to spare civilians

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

Afghanistan: Six ICRC staff members killed and two unaccounted for in attack

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

Armenia/Azerbaijan: ICRC facilitates transfer of body of soldier

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

ICRC warns of deteriorating humanitarian situation amid intensifying hostilities in eastern Ukraine

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

Nigeria: ICRC delivers food to 25,000 people in Rann

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

Nigeria: ICRC surgical teams caring for wounded after air strikes

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

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