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Dialogue with weapon bearers

Those who actually carry the weapons, whether they are members of government armed forces or opposition groups, are in a position to wound or kill people or to themselves be wounded or killed. They are also in a position to either facilitate humanitarian action or hinder it. This is why the ICRC is so concerned to maintain and strengthen a dialogue that it considers a key part of its mandate to protect and assist people affected by war and other situations of violence. Read full overview

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  • To serve and to protect: Human rights and humanitarian law for police and security forces

    Law enforcement officials play a key role in society, serving and protecting the people and upholding the law. That role is valid at all times, including during armed conflicts and other situations of violence. By engaging in dialogue with police and security forces about the law and their operations, the ICRC supports their efforts to incorporate the rules and standards of international law into their procedures.

  • International rules and standards for policing

    This brochure intended for audiences involved in law-enforcement functions addresses the principles and rules of human rights and humanitarian law relevant to professional law enforcement in democratic contexts.

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