ICRC in New York is Hiring a Communications Advisor & Spokesperson

ICRC in New York is Hiring a Communications Advisor & Spokesperson

ICRC in New York is now hiring a Communications Advisor & Spokesperson. The main purpose of this position is increase awareness of and support for the ICRC's goals in terms of policy, operations, and public positioning towards the United Nationsand in relation to this with other key stakeholders through outreach to UN accredited media and other influential traditional/social media as well as serve as Spokesperson.  Apply by April 21, 2017. 

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Senators Urge Action to Avert Famine Following ICRC Testimony

Senators Urge Action to Avert Famine Following ICRC Testimony

Folliowing an ICRC testimony by Yves Daccord before the U.S.Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) led and delivered a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in those countries that are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Conflict at the Root of Famine, March 24, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Conflict at the Root of Famine, March 24, 2017

This week, ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the global state of humanitarian affairs. During the hearing, Daccord focused on the urgent need for humanitarian efforts worldwide, but especially in four of the most severely affected countries: South SudanSomaliaNigeria, and Yemen. The humanitarian situation is now verging on catastrophic and in all four countries, the crises are man-made, experiencing years of years of violence and suffering. Protracted conflict lies at the root of these humanitarian crises. For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around protracted conflict at the root of famine as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Mélange du Mercredi/Droit International Humanitaire

Mélange du Mercredi/Droit International Humanitaire

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week Antoine P. Kabore, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, reviews Droit International Humanitaire. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #7 Reflecting on the Clara Barton Competition with Loyola University Chicago School of Law Students

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #7 Reflecting on the Clara Barton Competition with Loyola University Chicago School of Law Students

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens sits down with three students from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Mary Macleod, Elena Sakelaris, and Constantine Gavrillos, to reflect on their experience preparing for and competing at the 4th Annual Clara Barton IHL Competition (CBC), what they took away from the competition, and advise for future participants.

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ICRC Condemns "Gruesome and Heartbreaking" Attack on Civilian Ship in Yemen, Calls for Immediate Investigation

ICRC Condemns "Gruesome and Heartbreaking" Attack on Civilian Ship in Yemen, Calls for Immediate Investigation

The ICRC is shocked by last night's attack on a civilian ship carrying around 150 passengers, including women and children, near the port of Hodeida in Yemen. "We strongly condemn this attack and deplore such a tragic loss of life," said the ICRC's director of operations, Dominik Stillhart. "These people were themselves fleeing conflict, in search of safety and a better life. We call on the warring parties to conduct an immediate investigation into what happened." 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The People of Syria, Six Years in Crisis, Syria March 17, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The People of Syria, Six Years in Crisis, Syria March 17, 2017

For six years, violence has brought death and destruction to the people of Syria. Millions have been forced from their homes or have fled the country. Eight million Syrians remain displaced within Syria. Five million people live in besieged cities and hard-to-reach areas and 4.8 million Syrians have fled, living as refugees in neighboring countries and beyond. Many of these are the most vulnerable, including children. Since the beginning, in spite of the dangers, the ICRC, alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, has been providing food and life-saving support to Syrians. This year alone, our team in Syria has carried out more than 57 cross frontline operations, bringing food and essential aid to eight million people, and clean water to millions more. And while these statistics are critical, it’s important to remember that behind each of these numbers are individuals, struggling to survive and protect their families and loved ones in the middle of a conflict zone. You can read more stories at SyriaStreet.com. For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around the people living and working in Syria as portrayed by the media and other online outlets. 

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New on Law & Policy: IHL and Islam

New on Law & Policy: IHL and Islam

With armed conflicts taking place in so many parts of the Muslim world, the Islamic law of war is as indispensable as ever for the protection of civilians and other persons hors de combat. Over the centuries, classical Muslim jurists have in providing an impressive legal literature, which, just as international humanitarian law (IHL), brings humanity in war. Emphasizing the universality of IHL’s principles, which transcend legal traditions, civilizations and cultures, is absolutely essential for improving respect and protection for victims of armed conflict in the Muslim world.

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Mélange du Mercredi/International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

Mélange du Mercredi/International Law and the Classification of Conflicts

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, we're looking at International Law and the Classification of Conflict. This review was written by Dr. Roberta Arnold, Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, and Professor of International Law, University College London and was originally published in the International Review of the Red Cross: Business Violence and Conflict

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #6 The Laws that Govern Outer Space with Dale Stephens and Pete Hays

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #6 The Laws that Govern Outer Space with Dale Stephens and Pete Hays

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Dale Stephens and Pete Hays discuss the intricacies of military operations and outer space. There are over a thousands satellites orbiting the earth that are used in our everyday lives. This podcast explores their military use and vulnerabilities, and the laws that govern outer space operations. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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Mélange du Mercredi/Somalia, Traditional Law and IHL

Mélange du Mercredi/Somalia, Traditional Law and IHL

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, we're looking at the case study Somalia, Traditional Law and IHL from the newly launched How Does Law Protect in War Online platform. The platform highlights six among 53 new case studies, including the Somalia case study, allowing professors, students and professionals to explore some of the most salient aspects of IHL in today’s armed conflicts through interactive discussions. 

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Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition this Weekend in Washington DC

Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition this Weekend in Washington DC

This weekend, March 10-12, 2017, the Clara Barton Competition Committee and the Canadian and American Red Cross will be hosting the 4th Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law in Washington D.C, at the Georgetown University Law Center. Be sure to follow our Twitter account for live updates of the event and look out for next week's podcast of conversations with Clara Barton Competition students! 

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #5 Being Female in South Sudan with Deepmala Mahla & Alyona Synenko

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #5 Being Female in South Sudan with Deepmala Mahla & Alyona Synenko

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we speak with two women working in one of the most dangerous countries in the world for aid workers, South Sudan. Deepmala Mahla serves as Country Director for Mercy Corps and Alyona Synenko is the ICRC's Communications Delegate, both located in Juba.  In honor of International Women's Day, join us for a frank discussion (and our first Skype podcast!) about being female in the humanitarian field, the women they admire most and the challenges women face living in a country in conflict. Hosted by Sara Owens. 

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #4 The Missing with Olivier Dubois and Ute Hofmeister

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #4 The Missing with Olivier Dubois and Ute Hofmeister

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Olivier Dubois, coordinator for the Missing Persons program and Ute Hofmeister, forensics coordinator, speak to Intercross about the ICRC's work surrounding the missing. During conflicts, thousands of people disappear. How do you find them or give their family closures, particularly when it's been decades since their disappearance? How does ICRC support the families of the missing? And what motivates people to work in a field with often little answers? Hosted by Niki Clark and Tracey Begley.

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What You Need to Know About “Safe Zones”

What You Need to Know About “Safe Zones”

There has been much talk recently about establishing “safe zones” in Syria. This debate is not new. In recent decades, concerned states have created a variety of “zones” to shelter civilians as well as the sick and wounded. Some of zones have been successful in saving thousands of people that might have otherwise been killed. Still, many other interventions have been far less successful in improving the situation for civilians at grave risk. Deputy Head of Communications Trevor Keck discusses what you need to know about safe zones. 

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Upcoming IHL Courses for Humanitarian Practitioners

Upcoming IHL Courses for Humanitarian Practitioners

The ICRC's 21st course in IHL for humanitarian professionals and policy makers is designed to acquaint participants with the international rules, principles and instruments applicable in times of armed conflict. It offers participants practical knowledge in IHL applicable in their fieldwork and their decision-making processes.

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