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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: Aid reaches thousands of displaced people in war-ravaged west Ramadi

24 March 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: First aid in months reaches over 70,000 people in the central Syrian region of Al Houleh

23 March 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Afghanistan: ICRC staff members released in Ghazni

19 February 2016 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: How much longer will the fighting rage?

4 February 2016 | 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

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

Yemen: Situation deteriorating in Taiz

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

Nagorny Karabakh: Longing grows with the passage of time

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

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