ICRC responds to renewed interest in Guantanamo detainee photos

ICRC responds to renewed interest in Guantanamo detainee photos

Renewed public interest and misleading press reports about a 2010 video published by the Miami Herald, featuring photos of Guantanamo detainees taken by the International Committee of the Red Cross, has prompted the organization's regional delegation in Washington DC to issue the following statement:

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Video Dispatch - ICRC President on ICRC-US Relationship, Guantanamo

Video Dispatch - ICRC President on ICRC-US Relationship, Guantanamo

ICRC President Peter Maurer completed his first Washington visit last Thursday after a series of meetings with senior US officials, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and CIA Director John Brennan.

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ICRC president completes visit to Washington

ICRC president completes visit to Washington

A focus of Mr Maurer's visit was detention-related matters. "The United States, including its Congress, must urgently find a way to resolve all pending humanitarian, legal and policy issues relating to the detention of persons held at Guantanamo Bay, including those deemed to no longer represent a threat that justifies their continued detention there," said Mr Maurer.

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ICRC President In Washington For High-Level Meetings With US Administration

ICRC President In Washington For High-Level Meetings With US Administration

Mr. Maurer's schedule is packed with meetings at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the CIA and the White House. Mr. Maurer will also meet with members of the US Congress and the leadership of the American Red Cross.

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Cyber - Need to spare civilians is greater than ever

Cyber - Need to spare civilians is greater than ever

US and world policy makers are increasingly considering the implications of cyber warfare even if few discuss its humanitarian implications.

While the means and methods of cyber warfare are not yet well understood, the ICRC has for several years focused on related humanitarian concerns and on the applicability of international humanitarian law to cyber operations. 

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From the field - Yemen briefings at CENTCOM

From the field - Yemen briefings at CENTCOM

Afghanistan and Iraq have historically been at the center of our humanitarian dialogue with US Central Command. However, we have in recent years also engaged with CENTCOM on other contexts that fall under its responsibility.

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From the field - Engaging with US Central Command

From the field - Engaging with US Central Command

US Central Command - CENTCOM - is one of ten combatant commands in the US military, with an area of responsibility that covers Middle East and Central Asia. One of the tasks of ICRC Washington is to engage with its leadership on humanitarian issues of ICRC concern.

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From the field - Ten years of ICRC action at Guantanamo

From the field - Ten years of ICRC action at Guantanamo

Ten years ago today, the ICRC conducted its first visit to persons held by the US at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The camp had been opened for seven days when a team of delegates arrived on the island on January 18, 2002. 

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Targeting vs detention

Targeting vs detention

First ICRC legal article on Intercross. Ramin Mahnad, deputy legal advisor at the Washington delegation, lays out the rules governing targeting and detention in warfare and explains how they interrelate. Mr. Mahnad argues that consistent with IHL's balancing of military necessity with the imperative of humanity, the scope of authority to target with legal force is significantly narrower that the scope of authority to detain. 

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