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  • The ICRC in Yemen

    The ICRC is helping civilians affected by conflict and other violence in several of Yemen’s governorates, where a difficult humanitarian situation has compounded the suffering of communities already affected by

    • 2014-04-07
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Rwanda

    The ICRC has maintained a permanent presence in Rwanda since 1990. It works with the national authorities to improve conditions for those held in detention, promotes greater understanding of international

    • 2014-04-04
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Georgia

    The ICRC's Georgia delegation focuses on restoring family links, clarifying the fate of missing persons and supporting their families, helping people affected by the administrative boundary lines, improving

    • 2014-03-26
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Nepal

    Since the end of Nepal’s armed conflict in 2006, the ICRC has been addressing the humanitarian consequences of the conflict and helping people affected by recurrent unrest. We help the Nepal Red Cross Society

    • 2014-03-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Dakar

    The ICRC protects and assists the victims of violence in Casamance and Guinea-Bissau, and visits those detainees that fall under its mandate. It supports the National Societies and promotes international

    • 2014-02-27
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in the Philippines

    The ICRC established a permanent presence in the Philippines in 1982, although the organization had been active in the country since 1959. The ICRC delegation in Manila currently focuses its humanitarian

    • 2014-02-20
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Iraq

    The ICRC has been in Iraq since 1980, addressing the consequences of violence and conflict. It visits detainees and enables them to maintain contact with their families, helps vulnerable groups, improves access

    • 2014-02-12
    • Overview
  • The ICRC delegation in Brussels

    The ICRC delegation in Brussels covers the European Union, NATO, certain European armed forces and Belgium. It also supports ICRC headquarters in its dialogue with the Council of Europe and the OSCE. The

    • 2014-02-03
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Japan

    The ICRC Mission in Japan (ICRC-Tokyo) focuses on enhancing humanitarian debate in the country, contributing towards Japan's foreign policy on humanitarian issues and seeking political and financial support

    • 2014-01-06
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Afghanistan

    The ICRC’s delegation in Kabul was established in 1987, after eight years working in Pakistan for victims of the Afghan conflict. The operational focus is on monitoring the conduct of hostilities and working to

    • 2014-01-01
    • Overview
  • Nuclear weapons

    Since the first and only use of nuclear weapons in 1945, the international community has wrestled with the issue of how the law of war applies to such weapons. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent

    • 2013-12-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Niger

    In Niger, the ICRC is helping people who have fled conflict in Mali, Nigeria and Libya, and residents who are suffering the consequences of these same conflicts. We are also aiding the victims of climate in

    • 2013-12-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Guinea

    In Guinea, the ICRC protects and assists people affected by the violence that affects the country from time to time. The ICRC in Guinea In Guinea, the ICRC protects and assists people affected by the violence

    • 2013-12-19
    • Overview
  • Overview: our partners

    Over the years the ICRC has been able to develop several ad hoc but long-term fundraising partnerships. Its partners come from a range of backgrounds and include public bodies, sports associations, businesses

    • 2013-12-18
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Mali

    In Mali, the ICRC brings aid to people suffering the combined effects of the armed conflict and the weather. The ICRC in Mali In Mali, the ICRC brings aid to people suffering the combined effects of the armed

    • 2013-12-11
    • Overview
  • Contemporary challenges to IHL – Privatization of war: overview

    In recent years, parties to armed conflicts have increasingly recruited private military and security companies (PMSCs) to undertake tasks traditionally carried out by the armed forces. The involvement of these

    • 2013-12-10
    • Overview
  • Foundations, funds and trusts at the ICRC

    Foundations, funds and trusts at the ICRC Foundations, funds and trusts at the ICRC Foundations, funds and trusts at the ICRC

    • 2013-11-27
    • Overview
  • Support from the corporate sector: overview

    Support from the corporate sector: overview Support from the corporate sector: overview A mutually beneficial partnership Advantages for companies that participate in humanitarian action by supporting the ICRC

    • 2013-11-27
    • Overview
  • Safer Access for all National Societies

    Today, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are facing new, more complex and evolving challenges when responding in sensitive and insecure contexts, including armed conflict and internal disturbances

    • 2013-11-05
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Australia

    The ICRC Australia Mission works to foster support for the ICRC's global operations and to promote international humanitarian law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles. The ICRC’s presence in Australia

    • 2013-10-21
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Nigeria

    In Nigeria, the ICRC protects and assists people affected by armed conflict and violence, particularly in the north-eastern part of the country, the Middle Belt and the Niger Delta states. We promote

    • 2013-10-03
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in New Delhi

    The ICRC worked in India at the time of partition (1947-1948) and in the conflicts between India and Pakistan (1965 and 1971). We established a regional delegation in New Delhi in 1982, today covering India

    • 2013-10-02
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Pakistan

    The ICRC was present at the birth of Pakistan in 1947, when it was requested by both the Pakistani and Indian governments to respond to the humanitarian consequences of the partition. Today, as a 150-year-old

    • 2013-09-04
    • Overview
  • Forensic Science and Humanitarian Action

    When people die during wars or disasters, or while migrating, their bodies must be handled respectfully and with dignity; and the remains of unknown individuals must be searched for, recovered and identified

    • 2013-08-28
    • Overview
  • The Movement

    The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially

    • 2013-08-24
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Antananarivo

    The ICRC has been in working in Madagascar since 2002. In 2011 the ICRC opened a regional delegation for the Indian Ocean, covering the four island States of Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles

    • 2013-08-20
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Tunis

    The Tunis regional delegation covers Tunisia and Morocco/Western Sahara. Its main activities are visits to detainees in Tunisia, dealing with the humanitarian consequences of the Western Sahara conflict

    • 2013-08-15
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Lebanon

    The ICRC has been present in Lebanon since 1967, where it continues to address the humanitarian problems arising from the internal and international conflicts of the last 45 years. It visits people deprived of

    • 2013-08-15
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Somalia

    In Somalia, the ICRC, in close partnership with the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS), responds to the needs conflict victims, often aggravated by natural disasters. It provides emergency assistance, long-term

    • 2013-08-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Brasilia

    The ICRC’s regional delegation for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay has been fulfilling its humanitarian mission since the 1970s. The ICRC regional delegation in Brasilia The ICRC regional

    • 2013-07-15
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

    Since 1992, the ICRC has been supporting the authorities in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in promoting IHL and other humanitarian norms and their integration into national legislation

    • 2013-06-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Jakarta

    The ICRC established a regional delegation in Indonesia in 1979, but it had been working in the country since the 1940s. The delegation, which is based in Jakarta, also covers Timor-Leste. Its humanitarian

    • 2013-06-04
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Algeria

    In Algeria, the ICRC focuses on visiting detainees, assessing their treatment and conditions and obtaining improvements where necessary. We work alongside the Algerian Red Crescent and also help the authorities

    • 2013-05-30
    • Overview
  • Arms availability

    In many conflict zones, civilians live in fear of being killed, injured, sexually abused or forced to leave their homes. In these instances, Arms availability In many conflict zones, civilians live in fear of

    • 2013-04-30
    • Overview
  • Events

    Find here the podcasts and outcomes of events organized at the Humanitarium in Geneva and abroad Events

    • 2013-04-26
    • Overview
  • Towards a solution

    Towards a solution

    • 2013-04-26
    • Overview
  • Training opportunities on IHL

    Discover here the 8 modules of our French-speaking online course on IHL for non-specialised audiences. Training opportunities on IHL

    • 2013-04-25
    • Overview
  • E-Learning on IHL

    Discover here the 8 modules of our French-speaking online course on IHL for non-specialised audiences. E-Learning on IHL

    • 2013-04-25
    • Overview
  • The Problem

    Violence against health care must end Violence against patients and health-care workers is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues today. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement runs a global

    • 2013-04-25
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Yaoundé

    The ICRC regional delegation for Central Africa, based since 1992 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, promotes the implementation of international humanitarian law in Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic

    • 2013-04-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Yaoundé

    The ICRC regional delegation for Central Africa, based since 1992 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, promotes the implementation of international humanitarian law in Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic

    • 2013-04-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Liberia

    In Liberia, the ICRC is focusing on detainee welfare, water and sanitation, supporting the Liberian National Red Cross Society, and promoting international humanitarian law. In addition, we are still supporting

    • 2013-04-19
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Harare

    The Harare regional delegation covers Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has existed in its current form since 1981, although the ICRC has been active in southern Africa since 1959, protecting

    • 2013-04-11
    • Overview
  • Chemical and biological weapons

    The international community banned the use of chemical and biological weapons after World War I and reinforced the ban in 1972 and 1993 by prohibiting the development, production, stockpiling and transfer of

    • 2013-04-08
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Myanmar

    The ICRC works with the Myanmar Red Cross Society to provide basic but vital assistance to people affected by inter-communal violence in Rakhine State. Following a successful pilot visit in January 2013, the

    • 2013-02-18
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation for Mali and Niger

    In Niger, the ICRC works mainly to relieve the effects of chronic food crises in areas previously affected by armed violence and inter-communal tensions. In Mali, the ICRC brings aid to people suffering the

    • 2013-02-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in South Sudan

    In South Sudan, the ICRC works to prevent violations of international humanitarian law and supports hospital and physical-rehabilitation services. The organization helps conflict-affected communities to survive

    • 2013-02-13
    • Overview
  • Contemporary challenges for IHL

    In contemporary armed conflicts civilians are the primary victims of violations of IHL committed by both State and non-State parties. The nature of contemporary armed conflicts continues to provide challenges

    • 2013-02-05
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Haiti

    The Port-au-Prince delegation covers Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In Haiti, its main humanitarian activities are visiting detainees and aiding the Haitian Red Cross and other Movement partners in the safe

    • 2012-11-15
    • Overview
  • Anti-personnel mines

    Wars should end when the fighting stops. Yet anti-personnel mines kill and maim long after conflicts are over. Anti-personnel mines cannot distinguish between civilians and soldiers. They continue to kill and

    • 2012-11-15
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Lima

    The regional delegation in Lima coordinates the ICRC's activities in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. It closely monitors the humanitarian consequences of past and present conflicts in the region, visits detainees

    • 2012-10-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Bangladesh

    In Bangladesh, the ICRC seeks to protect and assist people affected by collective and organized armed violence. It promotes awareness and implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL) among authorities

    • 2012-09-25
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Kuala Lumpur

    The regional delegation in Kuala Lumpur covers Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. It focuses on dialogue with national and regional bodies on humanitarian issues, IHL, and the mandate and role of the ICRC. The

    • 2012-08-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Kuwait

    The ICRC’s Kuwait regional delegation covers Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It focuses on the incorporation of international humanitarian law into national legislation

    • 2012-08-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Côte d'Ivoire

    The ICRC delegation in Abidjan covers Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Togo. It helps displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire and Malian refugees in Burkina Faso. In all the countries covered, the ICRC

    • 2012-07-16
    • Overview
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    on a sufficient number of qualified personnel to support and conduct its operations. More than 1,400 people, both specialized staff and delegates, are currently on field missions for the ICRC across the globe

    • 2012-07-12
    • Overview
  • ICRC headquarters, Geneva

    ICRC headquarters in Geneva supports the delegations that carry out our humanitarian work from around 80 delegations worldwide. Geneva also manages the ICRC's role of advocate and defender of international

    • 2012-06-13
    • Overview
  • Contemporary challenges to IHL – Occupation: overview

    Under IHL, there is occupation when a State exercises an unconsented-to effective control over a territory on which it has no sovereign title. Article 42 of The Hague Regulations of 1907 defines occupation as

    • 2012-06-11
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Armenia

    In Armenia, the ICRC focuses on helping missing persons and their families, mine victims and the communities living along the international border with Azerbaijan. The organization also visits detainees held

    • 2012-06-07
    • Overview
  • Sustainable development at the ICRC

    Sustainable development can be defined as Sustainable development at the ICRC Sustainable development can be defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of

    • 2012-06-03
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Uganda

    The ICRC in Uganda focuses on activities in favour of refugees and detainees, ensuring access to water and sanitation (in collaboration with the Uganda Red Cross Society— URCS) and supporting the integration

    • 2012-05-23
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Ethiopia and the African Union

    The ICRC delegation in Ethiopia focuses its work on the protection of detainees, the restoration of family links and the physical rehabilitation of disabled people. Enhancing its close partnership with the

    • 2012-05-14
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Pretoria

    The ICRC delegation in Pretoria monitors the humanitarian situation in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland. It promotes international humanitarian law, helps restore family links for civilian victims

    • 2012-05-07
    • Overview
  • National committees

    National Committees for the implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL) exist in many countries to advise and assist governments in implementing and spreading knowledge of IHL. Setting up such

    • 2012-05-01
    • Overview
  • Domestic Law

    For the treaties of IHL to be universally accepted, they must be formally adopted by all States through ratification or accession. States must then enact national legislation and take practical measures in

    • 2012-05-01
    • Overview
  • ICRC Corporate Support Group: Swiss Re

    ICRC Corporate Support Group: Swiss Re Swiss Re has been a member of the ICRC Corporate Support Group from its inception in 2005, making a substantial contribution to the ICRC’s daily operations through

    • 2012-04-12
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Nairobi

    The ICRC regional delegation in Nairobi promotes international humanitarian law (IHL) and carries out humanitarian activities in Kenya, Djibouti and Tanzania. It is an important logistical centre for ICRC

    • 2012-03-26
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Egypt

    The ICRC’s long-established delegation in Egypt builds on the country’s unique position in the Arab world to promote respect for international humanitarian law and its national implementation in the 22 member

    • 2012-03-15
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Moscow

    The Moscow delegation covers the Russian Federation, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, focusing on past conflicts and the current North Caucasus situation. It maintains strategic dialogue with the Russian

    • 2012-03-06
    • Overview
  • Overview: mine action

    Even after a conflict ends, mines and such ‘explosive remnants of war’ as unexploded bombs, shells and cluster-munition bomblets continue to kill and maim. This deadly problem has a name: weapon contamination

    • 2012-03-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Israel and the occupied territories

    The ICRC started work in Israel and the occupied territories in 1948, following the first Israeli-Arab conflict. Its presence became permanent in the aftermath of the 1967 war. The ICRC repeatedly reminds

    • 2012-03-01
    • Overview
  • ICRC Corporate Support Group: Credit Suisse

    ICRC Corporate Support Group: Credit Suisse ICRC Corporate Support Group: Credit Suisse

    • 2012-02-20
    • Overview
  • ICRC Corporate Support Group: F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

    ICRC Corporate Support Group: F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd Impact of ICRC operations co-financed by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Impact of ICRC activities co-financed by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Burundi, 2010 Women Children

    • 2012-02-20
    • Overview
  • ICRC Corporate Support Group: Holcim Ltd

    ICRC Corporate Support Group: Holcim Ltd Holcim is the first company from the building materials industry to join the ICRC Corporate Support Group. Since 2010, Holcim and the ICRC have been sharing their

    • 2012-02-16
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Colombia

    Colombia is the largest ICRC operation in the Americas. The ICRC's work in Colombia involves protecting civilians, assisting displaced persons and conflict-affected communities, helping people affected by

    • 2012-02-15
    • Overview
  • ICRC Corporate Support Group: ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd

    ICRC Corporate Support Group: ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd ICRC Corporate Support Group: ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd

    • 2012-02-13
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in the Pacific

    The ICRC regional delegation in the Pacific is based in Suva, Fiji. It covers 16 countries (Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue

    • 2012-01-10
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in 2011, month by month

    A retrospective of how the ICRC responded to simultaneous crises that erupted in 2011, a year when multiple sudden-onset emergencies in the Middle East, North Africa and the Far East caused the death and

    • 2011-12-29
    • Overview
  • The 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

    Convening under the banner of The 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent The 31st International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Convening under the banner of "Our World

    • 2011-12-02
    • Overview
  • Weapons

    International humanitarian law contains basic principles and rules governing the choice of weapons and prohibits or restricts the employment of certain weapons. The ICRC plays a leading role in the promotion

    • 2011-11-30
    • Overview
  • Cluster munitions

    Cluster munitions have had a severe impact on civilians, killing and injuring large numbers and causing long lasting socio-economic problems. In 2008, governments negotiated and adopted the Convention on

    • 2011-11-30
    • Overview
  • Conventional weapons

    International humanitarian law bans or restricts certain types of conventional weapons in order to protect civilians from their indiscriminate effects and to spare combatants from excessive injuries that serve

    • 2011-11-30
    • Overview
  • Explosive remnants of war

    Each year large numbers of civilians are killed and injured by “explosive remnants of war”. These are the unexploded weapons such as artillery shells, mortars, grenades, bombs and rockets, left behind after an

    • 2011-11-30
    • Overview
  • Review of new weapons

    Parties to an armed conflict are limited in their choice of weapons, and in the means and methods of warfare they use, by the rules of international Parties to an armed conflict are limited in their choice of

    • 2011-11-30
    • Overview
  • International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

    The International Conference is the supreme deliberative body of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It brings together all the components of the Movement and the States Parties to the Geneva

    • 2011-11-09
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Syria

    In response to the violence affecting Syria since March 2011, the ICRC works with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to meet basic needs, especially first aid. Present in Syria since 1967, the ICRC also works in the

    • 2011-07-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Jordan

    The ICRC in Jordan focuses on monitoring the treatment and living conditions of detainees, restoring and maintaining family links disrupted by conflict, promoting international humanitarian law (IHL) and

    • 2011-06-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Caracas

    The Caracas regional delegation covers Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname

    • 2011-06-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC regional delegation in Beijing

    In July 2005 the ICRC opened a regional delegation in Beijing, following the signing of an agreement with the authorities of the People's Republic of China. The regional delegation for East Asia also covers the

    • 2011-06-01
    • Overview
  • The ICRC in Iran

    In Iran, the ICRC’s priorities are to promote international humanitarian law and to work with the authorities in Iran and Iraq to address some of the humanitarian consequences of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war

    • 2011-06-01
    • Overview
  • Strenghtening international humanitarian law

    The ICRC is mandated by States through the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and the statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, to promote and act as guardian of

    • 2011-05-15
    • Overview
  • Building respect for the law

    The ICRC's mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and other situations of violence, and to provide them with assistance. One way in which the ICRC does this is to ensure respect for the

    • 2011-05-01
    • Overview
  • ICRC dialogue with police forces

    The ICRC seeks, through this dialogue, to enhance knowledge, understanding and acceptance, both, of its mandate and work, and of international rules and standards applicable to law enforcement. ICRC dialogue

    • 2010-11-29
    • Overview
  • War and international humanitarian law

    Armed conflict is as old as humankind itself. There have always been customary practices in war, but only in the last 150 years have States made international rules to limit the effects of armed conflict for

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • International law on the conduct of hostilities: overview

    International law on the conduct of hostilities regulates and limits the methods and means of warfare used by parties to an armed conflict. It aims to strike a balance between legitimate military action and the

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Cyber warfare

    Lawyers and technical experts agree that the potential of computer network attacks is considerable, raising questions about the application of international humanitarian law and even the definition of “armed

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Multinational forces

    Over the years, the spectrum of multinational forces operations – most of the time under UN mandate for peace-enforcement or peacekeeping purposes – has become increasingly broad. The multifaceted nature of

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Contemporary challenges to IHL – Respect for IHL: overview

    All States and other parties to an armed conflict have an obligation to respect and ensure respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) in all circumstances. They must use their influence to prevent and end

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Contemporary challenges to IHL – security detention: overview

    Deprivation of liberty for security reasons is an exceptional measure of control that may be taken in armed conflict. The administrative detention of persons believed to represent a threat to State security is

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview
  • Challenges for IHL - terrorism: overview

    IHL – sometimes also called the Law of Armed Conflict or the Law of War – prohibits most acts committed in armed conflict that would commonly be called Challenges for IHL - terrorism: overview Challenges for

    • 2010-10-29
    • Overview