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Azerbaijan: Family receives remains of missing loved one, honours with a burial after 30 years

Sitara Mahmudova and her two sons, Nijat and Elchin, waited over 30 years to hear news of their missing husband and father, Akif Mahmudov, who went missing in 1992 in Khojali during the Karabakh war. …

Akif Mahmudov's burial ceremony

Adhering to Humanitarian Norms Paves Way to Peace

— ICRC hosts "Adhering to Humanitarian Norms in Armed Conflicts" Panel at World Peace Forum The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Institute of International Relations of …



ENGLISH Present in Iraq since the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) focuses on addressing the consequences of armed conflicts and other situations of …

تقرير النشاطات - باللغة العربية

Afghanistan: Wheelchair basketball empowers people with disability

The vibrant energy of Afghanistan's top six wheelchair basketball teams – Kabul, Mazar, Faizabad, Parwan, Herat, and Jalalabad – gathered for the Afghanistan National Wheelchair Basketball …

Wheelchair basketball players from Mazar and Herat competing at the Afghanistan National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, in Herat.

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, …

image of the 6th Commonwealth Conference participants

Humanitarian Visa d’Or: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham wins for documenting the plight of civilians in the DRC

On 18 June 2024, for its 14th edition, the ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d’Or was awarded to freelance photographer Hugh Kinsella Cunningham for his remarkable reporting on civilians caught up in the …

Congolese army units drive past displacement camps. 08 April, Sake, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Sake was a key objective of an M23 offensive seeking to isolate the city of Goma.

Bangladesh: 15th Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition 2024 — Call for Registration

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in partnership with the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), will organize the 15th Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition, Bangladesh …

15th HDMC IHL Moot poster 2024

“I was afraid to tell anyone” – supporting survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Far from the world’s attention, conflict is again shattering lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Alongside the fighting, sexual violence is rife. ‘Listening houses’ run by the Red Cross offer …

Odette's hands

Torture and ill treatment: The position of the ICRC

Torture and all other forms of cruel, inhuman, degrading or humiliating treatment are banned under international law. The ICRC strives to prevent these practices and put an end to them where they do …

ICRC work in detention

A Call to Humanity: Reflecting on the 75th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),the Belgian Red Cross andthe Belgian EU Presidency, organised a high-level event to mark the 75th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. The event …


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