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ICRC publications and films

The ICRC produces a wide range of communication materials in the form of publications, films, and multimedia to promote international humanitarian law, to increase awareness of dangers such as landmines or to outline activities in specific countries. 

Most products can be ordered online and many of our publications and films can be downloaded free of charge.

Latest Titles

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    Safeguarding the provision of Health Care

    Safe access to health care is essential for both civilians and combatants in conflict situations. But for this to happen, health-care personnel have to be respected and protected by all parties to a conflict and be able to perform their humanitarian duty without fearing for their safety.

    ICRC, A4, 80 pp., Brochure / English / Reference 4243

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    Women and war

    This publication looks at the ways in which women can be affected by conflict and the actions taken by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take their specific needs into account. It also promotes those rules of international humanitarian law which provide specific protection for women in war.

    ICRC, new edition 2015, Photos, Brochure / English, French / Reference 0944

  • Publication

    Explosive weapons in populated areas

    Cities have never been immune from warfare. But over the last century, armed conflicts have increasingly been fought in populated areas. This has exposed civilians to greater risk of death, injury, and displacement. And the trend is likely to continue as urbanization intensifies. In 2011, the ICRC stated that explosive weapons with wide-area effects should not be used in densely populated areas due to the significant likelihood of indiscriminate effects. In February 2015, the ICRC convened a meeting of experts on the topic of explosive weapons in populated areas. The meeting brought together government experts from 17 States, plus 11 individual experts, including weapons experts and representatives of United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations.

    ICRC, 2015, Brochure / English / Reference 4244

Selected Publications

  • Health care in danger: making the case

    This publication draws attention to one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues of today: violence against health care. Attacking health-care structures and personnel, and ambulances – as well as deliberately obstructing the efforts of the wounded to find help – are common features of conflicts throughout the world.


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  • How does law protect in war?

    A selection of nearly three hundred case studies provides university professors, practitioners and students with the most up-to-date and comprehensive selection of documents on IHL available.


  • Working for the ICRC

    This brochure explains some of the jobs you could be doing with the ICRC. It includes useful links to the ICRC on Facebook, YouTube and other sites. And a whole chapter is devoted to the benefits the ICRC offers its employees.


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Selected Films

  • Panorama: The ICRC in action worldwide

    In a world wracked by conflict and armed violence, the ICRC brings hope and humanity to millions of people across the globe. This film highlights the organization's work to protect and assist victims of war – treating the wounded, providing shelter and clean water, reuniting families and promoting respect for the rules of war. Neutral and independent, the ICRC is part of the world's largest humanitarian movement, bringing assistance to those in need, regardless of race, religion or politics.


  • Azerbaijan: combating multi-drug resistant TB in detention

    FILM – To mark World TB Day, the ICRC is presenting a documentary filmed in Azerbaijan that illustrates the treatment of multiresistant tuberculosis in detention facilities.


  • Image from DVD cover International humanitarian law: a universal code

    This film looks at the poor security conditions frequently confronting the civilian population. It tells us the basic rules of the law and reminds us that respecting them is everyone's responsibility.