ICRC Participating as a Partner Organization for the 2018 Fragility Forum

ICRC Participating as a Partner Organization for the 2018 Fragility Forum

From March 5-7, the ICRC is partnering with The World Bank in Washington, DC for the 2018 World Bank Fragility Forum: Managing Risks for Peace and Stability. ICRC Director General Yves Daccord is participating on behalf of the organization to share our humanitarian experience and expertise in armed conflict with policymakers and practitioners in support of the World Bank's efforts to address fragility, conflict and violence.

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What You Need to Know About Urban War

What You Need to Know About Urban War

“I Saw My City Die,” a new report released today captures the experience of civilians living in cities impacted by devastating urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The report includes testimony from civilians in Mosul, Taiz and Aleppo – three cities that have been subject to intense fighting – as well as some powerful statistics that illustrate the deadly nature of urban war in the Middle East. Through some analysis of statistics, the report clearly shows that modern urban wars can be far more deadly for civilians than when wars take place in more rural areas.

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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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The Geneva Conventions Remain As Relevant As Ever, Part Two

The Geneva Conventions Remain As Relevant As Ever, Part Two

On August 12, 2016 the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols turned 67 and their relevance—despite violations or claims otherwise—remain as important as ever, if not more so.

Our previous post looked at the development of IHL over the last six decades and the role of the ICRC in its origins. In this post, we examine the current challenges facing the rules of war and on the ICRC's ongoing efforts to ensure that the Conventions continue to stand the test of time.

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The Geneva Conventions Remain As Relevant As Ever

The Geneva Conventions Remain As Relevant As Ever

On August 12th, 2016, the Geneva Conventions--which place limits on how war is waged and form the cornerstone of international humanitarian law (IHL)--turn 67. With civilians bearing the brunt of many protracted conflicts, scholars and aid agencies have raised questions about the continued relevance of IHL.  While the nature of warfare has changed unrecognizably since the adoption of the original convention more than 150 years ago, the rules of IHL remain as relevant as ever. 

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“This has to stop” – ICRC says indiscriminate fighting in Syria’s Aleppo taking heavy toll on civilians

“This has to stop” – ICRC says indiscriminate fighting in Syria’s Aleppo taking heavy toll on civilians

The Syrian city of Aleppo is seeing some of the fiercest fighting in months, and the ICRC is concerned about the alarming lack of respect for civilians, health facilities and civilian infrastructure, as well as the growing humanitarian needs in the city.

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Iraq: "Fallujah Must Not Become Another Ramadi"

Iraq: "Fallujah Must Not Become Another Ramadi"

In the Iraqi city of Fallujah, the ICRC has serious concerns about the well-being and safety of civilians still trapped in and around the city. Tens of thousands of men, women, children and elderly remain stuck inside the town – the largest in Anbar province –  have already had very limited access to food, water and basic healthcare for the past two years.

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The Modern Age of Migration: Video Interview with ICRC President Peter Maurer

The Modern Age of Migration: Video Interview with ICRC President Peter Maurer

Ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, the ICRC's President, Peter Maurer, sat down with Intercross to talk about one of the world's biggest humanitarian challenges in a generation – the so-called global “migrant crisis”  and why world leaders should start seeing migration as an opportunity.

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Stop the insanity: ICRC President warns even wars must have limits

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, is on a mission to get people to sit up and pay attention to the law of armed conflict. Much more importantly, he wants warring parties to fight by the rules – militaries and armed groups alike.

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What You Need to Know about Humanitarian Airdrops

What You Need to Know about Humanitarian Airdrops

Humanitarian airdrops are one of the many ways aid can be delivered to those in need. But for many reasons, it is not ideal and is not a long term solution. Discover how the ICRC decides whether or not a humanitarian airdrop is appropriate in a certain context and why unimpeded ground access in Syria is crucial to effectively deliver aid to those most in need.

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Atrocities in Conflict Mean We Need the Geneva Conventions More Than Ever

Atrocities in Conflict Mean We Need the Geneva Conventions More Than Ever

Helen Durham, ICRC's Director of International Law and Policy, authored a piece for The Guardian explaining why Atrocities occurring in modern conflict have shown that we need the Geneva conventions now more than ever and why it is dangerous to give up on them. 

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Mine Awareness Day 2016: Why the Mine Ban Convention Was Worth Fighting For and Still Is

Mine Awareness Day 2016: Why the Mine Ban Convention Was Worth Fighting For and Still Is

An article written by Helen Durham, director of International Law and Policy for the ICRC. In honor of Mine Awareness Day 2016, she reminds us that "The role of the ICRC must be to continue to focus on helping the victims, educating people in the risks and working with partners specialized in mine clearance."

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"On This Day in History" Syria, March 2011

"On This Day in History" Syria, March 2011

Five years ago this week, fighting began in Syria and has yet to stop. The ICRC's head of delegation in Syria, Marianne Gasser, has witnessed the conflict from the start,  and argues that only a political solution can stop the suffering.

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Speech given by Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Speech given by Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

The president of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, addressed the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 1, 2016. He drove home the importance of preventing violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law as "the best way to counter the long-term impact of protracted conflicts."

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ICRC President on Syria: "Time to End This Horrendous War"

ICRC President on Syria: "Time to End This Horrendous War"

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has urged the parties to the Syrian conflict to allow aid deliveries to all people in need and to continue to work towards a political solution to end the suffering of millions of people. He said there needed to be a concerted effort by all those 'with influence' to bring to an end the devastating war which is entering its sixth year.

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Gender Perspectives on IHL

Gender Perspectives on IHL

Last week the ICRC's Director of Law and Policy, Helen Durham, participated in a podcast hosted by The Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) at Harvard University. The podcast brings together experts from diverse backgrounds to consider how the practical implementation and enforcement of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) affects men, women, girls and boys differently.

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A Reminder That Rejecting Torture is the Right Thing To Do

A Reminder That Rejecting Torture is the Right Thing To Do

The topic of torture and questions as to whether it works, whether it should be used, and whether techniques like waterboarding constitute ill treatment have started to resurface in recent days. Given the renewed rhetoric around this subject, we’ve decided to repost an opinion piece written by ICRC President, Peter Maurer, and originally published by the Huffington Post in December 2014.

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