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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
"The Geneva Conventions are not just some historical documents born of another time, they are of burning relevance and importance today, and we need to ensure that their enormous humanitarian potential is recognized and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.Read More
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.Read More