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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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Customary International Humanitarian Law

2005 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

Annex to the Guidance Document: General and Specific Protection of Women under International Humanitarian Law

2 March 2004 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

Summary Table of the IHL Provisions Specifically Applicable to Children

31 March 2003 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

Registration Form for Unaccompanied and Separated Children

10 March 2003 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

Legal Protection of Children in Armed Conflict

28 February 2003 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

Internally Displaced Persons: The Mandate and Role of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

30 June 2000 | Publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

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