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ICRC relations with armed forces

Maintaining a dialogue with the armed forces is an integral part of ICRC’s operations around the world. The aim is to ensure that all levels of the armed forces know and apply IHL and Human Rights law in their operations and facilitate humanitarian action for the victims of conflict. 

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  • Handbook on international rules governing military operations

    Modern military operations include combat in armed conflict, law enforcement activities, and peace support operations. In this increasingly complex environment, it is imperative that armed forces incorporate international humanitarian law and relevant human rights law into the planning and execution of military operations.

  • Violence and the use of force

    This leaflet, updated in July 2011, provides a summary of three different legal situations: armed conflict, situations other than armed conflict, and peace support operations.