Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities; How to Treat the Disease without Killing the Patient

Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities; How to Treat the Disease without Killing the Patient

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. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog published an analysis by Editor Vincent Bernard on the key rules of IHL that can provide critical guidance in the preparation of future urban operations. It also explores the main challenges in the application of these rules.

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#ICYMI Friday Roundup: Protection of Aid Workers September 23, 2016

#ICYMI Friday Roundup: Protection of Aid Workers September 23, 2016

 The obligation to respect and protect humanitarian relief personnel, relief items and persons and objects displaying the distinctive emblem seems to be increasingly ignored in today’s conflicts. In addition, civilians, doctors and health facilities, which are also protected persons and objects under IHL, often bear a disproportionate burden as the result of contemporary armed conflict. But as ICRC President Peter Maurer reminded world leaders at a panel on South Sudan during this week’s United Nations General Assembly, "Even though IHL is widely violated, it still saves lives every day." In this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around the protection of aid workers as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Viewpoint: Why it is Unconscionable to Attack Syria's Aid Workers

Viewpoint: Why it is Unconscionable to Attack Syria's Aid Workers

The deadly bombing of a UN-aid convoy in a rebel-held part of Syria last Monday threw the spotlight on the dangers facing humanitarian workers there - and the suffering of civilians whose lives depend on their help. Robert Mardini, ICRC's Middle East Director spoke out against a growing catalogue of attacks on aid workers in the Syrian war in a compelling op-ed ran on BBC.com. 

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Syria: Aleppo on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

Syria: Aleppo on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

Intense battles that have been raging in Aleppo have seen a key hospital destroyed with significant loss of life and are putting millions at grave risk. "There is no neighborhood of the city that hasn't been hit. People are living on the edge. Everyone here fears for their lives and nobody knows what is coming next."

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