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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Anniversary of the Adoption of the Red Crescent Emblem

Anniversary of the Adoption of the Red Crescent Emblem

Today marks the 86th anniversary of the adoption of the Red Crescent as an official symbol of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on July 27, 1929.  Both emblems have served as a symbol of humanitarian assistance for more than a century, and were later joined by a third emblem, a red crystal, in 2005.  Here's a brief history of the emblems. 

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The Battles of Gettysburg and Solferino: catalysts for change

The Battles of Gettysburg and Solferino: catalysts for change

Today we're re-posting an article written by the ICRC's Anna Nelson in 2013 about the Battle of Solferino, which took place on June 24, 1859. Anna examines the similarities between that bloody European clash and the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred just a few years later here in the US. 

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