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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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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ICRC President Peter Maurer Receives Inaugural Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award

ICRC President Peter Maurer Receives Inaugural Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award

On March 25, ICRC President Peter Maurer was awarded the inaugural Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. "His dedication to creating a safe and secure space for neutral, impartial, and independent humanitarian action is leading all of us toward a new future of aid.”

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Official Launch of the Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

Official Launch of the Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

Today, the ICRC released the updated Commentary to the first Geneva Convention,  which addresses a range of important issues such as the scope of the obligation to respect and ensure respect for humanitarian law, the beginning and end of armed conflict and the protection of the wounded and sick, medical facilities and personnel. 

In this featured Q&A video, Chris Harland, Legal Advisor for the ICRC Regional Delegation for the U.S. and Canada, has provided insight to some of the questions surrounding the release of the updated commentaries.

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Call for Papers: Revisiting the Role of International Law in National Security

Call for Papers: Revisiting the Role of International Law in National Security

We invite you to submit an abstract or draft of an article for discussion which aims to draw the international legal aspects of armed conflicts to the forefront of conversations in the U.S. A small number of papers will be selected for discussion at a workshop at Cordoza Law School. Papers are due for submission by April 8, 2016.

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ICRC Launches New Guidance Bolstering Relevance of Geneva Conventions

ICRC Launches New Guidance Bolstering Relevance of Geneva Conventions

"The Geneva Conventions are not just some historical documents born of another time, they are of burning relevance and importance today, and we need to ensure that their enormous humanitarian potential is recognized and acted upon by all." – ICRC Director of International Law and Policy, Helen Durham speaking about the role the new Commentaries can play in bringing the Conventions into the 21st century.

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First of its Kind - March 30: Join us for the Release of the First Updated Commentary on the Geneva Conventions

First of its Kind - March 30: Join us for the Release of the First Updated Commentary on the Geneva Conventions

On March 30th, the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Delegation in Washington, DC invites you to join a panel discussing the release of the new Commentary to the First 1949 Geneva Convention.  This includes the much-awaited commentaries on the Common Articles One, Two and Three.

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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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Upcoming ICRC Event at UC Berkeley: Stopping War Crimes Before They Happen

Upcoming ICRC Event at UC Berkeley: Stopping War Crimes Before They Happen

The ICRC is co-sponsoring an event on March 28, 2016 with the American Red Cross, the American Society for International Law’s Lieber Society, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Berkeley Human Rights Center. The event aims to answer questions on generating greater respect for International Humanitarian Law.

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International Review Series: Unpacking the principle of humanity - Tensions and implications

International Review Series: Unpacking the principle of humanity - Tensions and implications

Humanity is at once the most universally and uncritically accepted humanitarian principle. It is not, however, without controversy. This International Review article from mid-February explores this inherent tension.

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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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Join us for a conversation on 21st Century Warfare With David Kilcullen on Feb 23

Join us for a conversation on 21st Century Warfare With David Kilcullen on Feb 23

What has lead to the prevalence of urban conflict and where are we likely to see this conflict in the future? How can the humanitarian community respond? Join us for a conversation with Dr. David Kilcullen, counterinsurgency expert and bestselling author  of Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla. 

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Join us for an Interview with Author Peter Singer on February 2

Join us for an Interview with Author Peter Singer on February 2

On February 2nd at 2:00 p.m. the American Red Cross is hosting a discussion with futurist Peter. W. Singer, author of multiple award winning books on the future of conflict and national security, including the recently published and critically acclaimed Ghost Fleet.

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Prevention in Practice: Teaching IHL in US Legal Academia

Prevention in Practice: Teaching IHL in US Legal Academia

Today we are sharing a piece by Kate Jastram, a professor at the University of California in Berkeley.  The article is a shortened version of a piece that she and Anne Quintin wrote for the International Review's issue on Generating Respect for the Law.  Their article discusses the progress of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) integration in US legal academia and charts a course forward.

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