In Bangladesh, the ICRC strives to promote compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) and other related norms among key parties, and to protect and support people affected by violence and displacement. 

An ICRC field officer and a Bangladesh Red Crescent Society member are assisting a refugee from Myanmar with physical disabilities.

Our work in Bangladesh

The ICRC in Bangladesh supports the integration of IHL into domestic law and into the training and practices of armed actors, including the army and peacekeeping forces. We seek to address the humanitarian consequences of displacement for people from Myanmar hosted in Cox’s Bazar District, as well as of violence affecting tribal minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Our focus on the most vulnerable people includes assistance to people with disabilities. We work alongside our long-standing partner, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), to protect and support vulnerable people, notably by strengthening the BDRCS’s capacity to deliver emergency first aid, re-establish family links where contacts between relatives have been interrupted, trace and reunite missing people with their families, and operate safely in situations of violence.

Cox's Bazar, Keroutoli camp. Refugees from Myanmar are carrying food rations distributed by humanitarian organisations.

The impact of our work (January–June 2023)

detainees visited in five prisons
Red Cross messages exchanged to restore family contact
people with disabilities fitted with prostheses and orthoses
people able to access better sanitary services from the ICRC-supported Teknaf Fecal Sludge Management facility
police officers and 84 military officers trained on International Rules and Standards for Policing, IHL and international human rights law

Contact us


Dhaka ICRC delegation, House 72, Road 18, Block J, Banani, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh

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Our work with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society

With around 13,500 active volunteers across the country, the BDRCS is an essential partner of the ICRC. We pool our capacities with the BDRCS to deliver humanitarian aid to affected people. We also support the BDRCS’s efforts in areas such as first aid and pre-hospital emergency care, protecting family links, operating safely in situations of violence and awareness campaigns.