A neutral, impartial and independent approach: key to ICRC's acceptance in Iraq

The article describes the context of the ICRC's operations in Iraq. The many serious attacks and continuing threats to the ICRC delegates, led to a low-visibility presence and required a new modus operandi in which a real presence on the ground was backed up by remote control mechanisms for assistance activities in the most insecure areas. The authors argue that despite inherent security risks, there is room for independent, neutral and impartial humanitarian action in Iraq.

About the authors

Karl Mattli
Former head of delegation

Karl Mattli was head of the ICRC delegation responsible for Iraq from 2005 to 2007.

Jörg Gasser
Former deputy head

Jörg Gasser was deputy head of delegation during the same period.