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Mexico: ICRC urges Latin American and Caribbean states to reaffirm commitment to the ‘rules of war’ on 75th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

04-07-2024 Mexico City (ICRC) – In a world where millions of people are suffering from the devastating consequences of armed conflict , representatives from 16 countries in Latin America and the …

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Conferencia diplomática de revisión de la Convención de Ginebra.

Nigeria: ICRC surgical team supports Maiduguri Hospital treating 41 wounded people after multiple blasts in Gwoza

03-07-2024 Abuja (ICRC) – The surgical team of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) supported the State Specialist Hospital of Maiduguri in performing lifesaving surgeries and in …

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Nigeria: ICRC surgical team supports Maiduguri Hospital treating 41 wounded people after multiple blasts in Gwoza

South Africa: The 6th Commonwealth Conference

Building a culture of IHL compliance in Commonwealth Nations and commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions A platform for sharing best practices on IHL.  From 15–19 April, 2024, …

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The 1st African Conference on Health in Detention

Date: 3 - 5 July 2024 | Time: 08:30 - 17:00 Venue: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya  Registration deadline 15 May 2024 Event by invitation only   Theme: Making the difference: African solutions to …


ICRC’s response to missing and dead migrants along the US–Mexico border

Every year thousands of migrants go missing or lose their lives while migrating, including along the US–-Mexico border. This causes immense anguish for their families as they do not know what …


International Humanitarian Law and China: Historical Timeline

1864 Adoption of the 1st Geneva Convention. Image 1904 The Qing government declared its accession to the Geneva Convention to the International Committee of the Red Cross. On November 21, China …

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Israel and the occupied territories: Key Facts and Figures from 7 October 2023 to 30 June 2024

Nine months  since the onset of renewed hostilities between Israel and Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza, the violence – unprecedented in scale and nature – continues to exact an immense human …


EVENT: Outer Space Military Operations: How to Safeguard Essential Civilian Services?

The military application of technology enabled by space systems is an integral part of modern-day military operations, including during armed conflicts. Today more than ever, outer space is becoming …


Russia-Ukraine international armed conflict: Your questions answered about ICRC’s work

We report and debunk false and misleading information online about us and our work for people affected by the international armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Latest update 29 February 2024 …


ICRC office in Gaza surrounded by hundreds of displaced civilians, was damaged by nearby shelling

21-06-2024 "Heavy-calibre projectiles landed within metres of the office and residences of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Friday afternoon.. The strike damaged the structure of the …

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