Meet ICRC in Washington's New Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

Meet ICRC in Washington's New Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

ICRC in Washington is happy to announce Marc Kilstein, an experienced journalist and radio producer, is joining the team. In his role, he'll be taking over from head of Communications Anna Nelson to serve as the official Spokesperson, working closely with U.S. media markets. With his strong newsroom background--Marc has worked for NPR, the BBC World ServiceThe Nation Magazine and most recently as a founding producer for NPR's newest national news program, 1A--Marc has spent his career fine tuning his craft for journalism and is excited to bring his experience and talent to the ICRC. 

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ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

On July 18th, the ICRC’s Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart  testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy. You can watch the full hearing here.  The hearing, presided by Senator Todd Young (R-IN), focused on what has been termed the Four Famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria. Dominik's Full Testimony is available here

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In Conversation with ICRC in Washington's Outgoing Head of Delegation Francois Stamm

In Conversation with ICRC in Washington's Outgoing Head of Delegation Francois Stamm

After nearly five years heading the Regional Delegation for the U.S. & Canada here in Washington, D.C., Francois Stamm's tenure is coming to an end.  Beginning in late August, he will move on to head the delegation for South Sudan, based in Juba. Before his departure at the end of next week, we sat down with Francois to gain his perspective and insights on both his time in Washington and his nearly three decade career with the ICRC.

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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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ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commissioned WIN/Gallup to carry out a global survey on public attitudes towards war and the rules of war, including 17,000 people from 16 countries. Survey participants were living in countries in conflict, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as powerful countries fighting wars, like the United States and Russia. They were asked questions on a variety of issues such as the protection of civilians, attacks against hospitals, treatments of detainees and the role of the international community in ensuring respect for the rules of war. Check out the full results as well as more about the survey, launch events and media here.  

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Obama Praises ICRC's Indispensable Role in Protecting the Most Vulnerable

Obama Praises ICRC's Indispensable Role in Protecting the Most Vulnerable

The ICRC’s President, Peter Maurer, was in Washington, DC this week for a series of meetings with senior officials from the outgoing U.S. administration and other foreign policy figures representing various political perspectives.

During the visit, Mr. Maurer received a letter from President Obama, expressing his gratitude for the continued and significant work of the ICRC. Mr. Maurer returned the gesture, extending his appreciation for the support extended to the ICRC by the US government.

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Working for the ICRC: Armed and Security Forces Delegates

Working for the ICRC: Armed and Security Forces Delegates

The ICRC's armed and security forces delegates (known as "FAS delegates" from the French acronym "forces armées et de sécurité") are at the heart of our humanitarian action. They maintain dialogue between the ICRC and all arms bearers, in order to ensure that we can help the victims of conflict under acceptable security conditions. Compliance with the law of war and the essential elements of international human rights law is another central aspect of their work. This applies to contacts with regular armed forces, the police, irregular forces and non-State groups.

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Guantanamo: Preserving human dignity through direct family contact

Guantanamo: Preserving human dignity through direct family contact

Recently, The Washington Post and The Miami Herald reported on the ICRC’s role in facilitating interactive video conversations between two detainees (formerly held by the CIA and currently held separately from the general population in a classified location at Guantanamo Bay) and their respective families

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Opinion article: Rejecting torture is the right thing to do

Opinion article: Rejecting torture is the right thing to do

Unsurprisingly, the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s summary report on CIA detention, rendition, and interrogation has sparked renewed debate in the United States over the use of torture.

Much of the discussion over the past week has focused on whether the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” produces actionable intelligence or useful information.

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Guest Post: The AUMF and IHL at the Inflection Point

Guest Post: The AUMF and IHL at the Inflection Point

My thanks to the ICRC for sponsoring this discussion, and to the ICRC's Gary Brown, in particular, for his insightful opening post. As Assistant Secretary of Defense (SO/LIC) Michael Lumpkin recently said in Congressional testimony, “we are at a natural inflection point” with respect to the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), and should be taking stock of whether and how it ought to be changed. 

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Video offers behind-the-scenes look at ICRC detention visit

Video offers behind-the-scenes look at ICRC detention visit

In this film, we follow ICRC staff as they visit Suleymanieh Central Prison in Northern Iraq and explain the nature of their work. The ICRC has been working in places of detention in Iraq since 1980. In 2013, it visited nearly 40,000 people in 74 places of detention to monitor their treatment and living conditions. ICRC delegates visiting prisons in Iraq work closely with the authorities to improve life for detainees, from ensuring judicial guarantees are respected to reconnecting detainees with their family on the outside.

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Bringing sexual violence out of the shadows of war

Bringing sexual violence out of the shadows of war

The topic of sexual violence in armed conflicts has gained both political traction and public attention in the United States in recent weeks and months thanks to statements made by likes of Secretary of State, John Kerry, US Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Russ Feingold, and actor-director-activist, Ben Affleck, as well as commitments made by the UN's General Assembly in September.

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Guantanamo Bay: an enduring ICRC commitment

Guantanamo Bay: an enduring ICRC commitment

On February 7, the ICRC completed its 100th visit to the United States detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, where its delegates have been monitoring the detainees' living conditions since 2002 in order to ensure that they are held and treated in accordance with international standards

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Why confidentiality matters

Why confidentiality matters

On November 6, Military Commission Judge James Pohl, who is presiding over the trial of five Guantanamo detainees, ordered the US government to turn over to him all correspondence between the US and the ICRC pertaining to our "inspections of, and work at, the detention facilities at the US naval station" in Cuba. The ICRC is disappointed by the ruling, which failed to recognize that under international law, ICRC materials are absolutely protected against disclosure in judicial proceedings unless the ICRC gives its consent in writing to such disclosure or otherwise waives its privilege in all or in part. Our legal advisor in Washington DC, Daniel Cahen, explains why the ICRC disagrees with the ruling.

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