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"We all need to fight for limits in war. Act now!"

150th anniversary of the 1864 Geneva Convention - ICRC call for compliance with the law of war and an end to attacks on civilians, especially health workers. The world is a particularly violent place right now, and breaches of these laws are all too frequent.... ...Read more

Rules of war (in a nutshell) 150 years of humanitarian action: Rules to limit suffering Fighting violations of humanitarian law

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Reaching people in need

We believe that it’s essential to be on-the-ground and in close proximity to the people we help. This way we can better understand their needs and respond appropriately and efficiently.

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Ensuring IHL does what it’s meant to do – protect

We strive to ensure that international humanitarian law continues to be relevant to today’s conflicts and protects the most vulnerable. We actively seek to achieve better respect for IHL by engaging with fighters and those who influence their behaviour.

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Empowering people and communities

We believe that people affected by conflict and armed violence should play a central role in deciding their aid. They know their environment and what they need. After all, they’re the ones concerned.

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Making the most of the diverse humanitarian landscape

We believe that the diversity of the humanitarian response makes it possible to better meet the needs of vulnerable people. 

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