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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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Madagascar: Fighting the plague within prisons and beyond

10 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Niger: Everyday life remains a struggle for people fleeing Nigeria

9 October 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: Untold numbers of people missing or detained

30 September 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Georgia/South Ossetia: Surviving the peace

24 September 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Central African Republic: Population caught up in armed violence

19 September 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Yemen: Hard living conditions and a difficult security environment

18 September 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Guinea: Clean drinking water for the inhabitants of Pita

13 September 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Philippines: Aid reaches thousands hit by violence in Zamboanga

12 September 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Nagorny Karabakh conflict: ICRC visits prisoners of war

30 August 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Civilians in danger

29 August 2013 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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