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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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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

Afghanistan: Abducted ICRC staff member released

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

Yemen: Abducted ICRC staff member released

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

Sudan: Armed group releases five soldiers

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

Colombia: ELN releases three

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

Colombia: FARC-EP frees United States citizen

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

Syria: ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent team abducted in Idlib

13 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

Colombia: ELN frees Canadian citizen

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

Colombia: Germans released by ELN

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

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