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Philippines - ICRC Annual Report 2009

19-05-2010 Annual Report No 2009

In the Philippines, where the ICRC has worked since 1982, the delegation assists and protects civilians displaced or otherwise affected by armed clashes between the government and insurgent groups, primarily on the southern islands of Mindanao. It acts as a neutral intermediary between opposing forces in humanitarian matters. It visits security detainees and, with the authorities, aims to improve conditions in prisons, through direct interventions and prison reform. It also works with the Philippine National Red Cross, through its network of regional chapters, local branches and volunteers, to assist displaced people and promote compliance with IHL.