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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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Syria: Aid stepped up amidst heavy fighting in Aleppo province

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

Syria: Over 2,000 civilians leave besieged town near Damascus

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

Syria: Two years on, immense suffering with no end in sight

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

Syria: scrambling to respond to fast-growing needs

31 August 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: needs increase as situation deteriorates

15 June 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

Syria: thousands of displaced in al-Holeh need urgent help

1 June 2012 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Country News

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