The International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC’s) role in situations of violence below the threshold of armed conflict

02 September 2015

Policy document, February 2014


The policy document entitled The ICRC: its mission and work defines the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross as follows:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence. (emphasis added)