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Nuclear weapons

International humanitarian law - 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 Movement has called on States to ensure that nuclear weapons are never again used and to prohibit the use of and completely eliminate nuclear weapons through a legally binding international agreement.  Read full overview

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  • Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response: Introductory guidance

    The ICRC might be required to undertake activities in locations where there is the potential for intentional or unintentional release of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) agents. In such situations, ICRC staff may be at risk of exposure to CBRN agents with potentially significant consequences for their health and safety, and for the ICRC’s ability to undertake field operations.

  • Nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical events

    Nuclear, radiological, biological or chemical (NRBC) events are actions or occurrences that may lead to the release and dispersal of hazardous materials in quantities and in circumstances that put individuals or groups at significant risk. This leaftet aims to raise awareness on basic measures to protect oneself and others in case of NRBC exposure.