Canada and the USA: News and Notes, April 2010

30-04-2010 Field Newsletter

The ICRC Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada is troubled to share the news that eight of our colleagues are being held by an armed group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). [Our colleagues were released safely just after this edition appeared -- see below]. ICRC Deputy Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart, explains how difficult it is for the ICRC to operate in some areas. We share the ICRC's position on nuclear weapons, followed by summaries of recent ICRC-sponsored IHL workshops. Next, we tackle a reader's question about non-international armed conflict and we finish with a look at the IHL databases that the ICRC maintains online and announce the release of the Customary IHL Study in digital form.

 In this issue:  

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC staff held by armed group in South Kivu

  • Amid war and crime: humanitarian aid in high-risk environments

  • Nuclear weapons and international humanitarian law

  • ICRC sponsors IHL workshops with the University of California Berkeley School of Law and with University of Texas Strauss Center for International Security and Law

  • Response to reader's IHL question on non-international armed conflict

  • ICRC databases on international humanitarian law

... and the latest ICRC news from around the globe.

  Just a few hours after sending out our April newsletter, we learned that our colleagues held in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had been released. Read the news release ICRC confirms release of eight staff members in South Kivu.

ICRC Canada/USA Field Newsletter, April 2010