ICRC's Helen Durham Speaks at TEDx

ICRC's Helen Durham Speaks at TEDx

In her years as an international human rights lawyer, Helen Durham has learnt that even in the worst conflicts, basic human values can prevail. In this passionate talk, Dr Durham argues that even wars must have limits. Australian born and raised, Dr Helen Durham is the first woman to head International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Opinion Piece: Rejecting Torture Is the Right Thing to Do

Opinion Piece: Rejecting Torture Is the Right Thing to Do

As today marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we have chosen to re-post an opinion piece written by ICRC's President, Peter Maurer.  The piece was originally published in the Huffington Post in December 2014.

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Redefining humanitarianism: a video interview with ICRC President, Peter Maurer

Redefining humanitarianism: a video interview with ICRC President, Peter Maurer

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, was in Washington DC recently for talks with officials on a range of topics, including the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, theunfolding crisis in Yemen, and the ICRC’s ongoing humanitarian concerns in places like Syria, Iraq,Ukraine, South Sudan, andNigeria. 

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ICRC hopes Kuwait pledging conference will bring glimmer of hope to Syrians

ICRC hopes Kuwait pledging conference will bring glimmer of hope to Syrians

As the Syria crisis enters its fifth year, the human costs across the region are so enormous that they stretch beyond imagination. That's one of the top-line messages put forward by ICRC President, Peter Maurer, at the third High-Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which is being hosted by the government of Kuwait. Mr. Maurer is representing the whole of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement at the conference, which aims to generate pledges of substantial financial support for the humanitarian effort in Syria and neighboring countries. 

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In Conversation With: A Video Interview with the ICRC's Director for International Law & Policy

In Conversation With: A Video Interview with the ICRC's Director for International Law & Policy

Intercross' Editor, Anna Nelson, recently sat down in DC for a discussion with the ICRC's Director for International Law and Policy, Helen Durham. They talk about a range of issues - from setting a longterm humanitarian agenda in a fast-changing world, to whether the Geneva Conventions are still relevant despite the challenges of modern-day warfare.

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Red Cross Red Crescent denounces recent violence against its volunteers and staff

Red Cross Red Crescent denounces recent violence against its volunteers and staff

Joint Statement by ICRC Director-General, Yves Daccord, and IFRC Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is deeply concerned about the recent spate of attacks against its volunteers and staff.

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ICRC to weigh in on "Gaming the Laws of War" at major US conference

ICRC to weigh in on "Gaming the Laws of War" at major US conference

This week, our DC-based Head of Congressional and Public Affairs, Gary Brown, is speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco as part of a "Gaming the Laws of War" panel, alongside Daniel Greenberg of Media Rez LLC, Professor Seth Hudson from George Mason University, and Bohemia Interactive’s Joris van't Land.

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Video: Syria - Four years of conflict and human suffering

Video: Syria - Four years of conflict and human suffering

Almost four years have gone by since armed conflict broke out in Syria.

It’s estimated that more than six million Syrians are now living in besieged areas or are internally displaced. That’s almost a third of the country’s pre-war population. 

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Opinion article: Rejecting torture is the right thing to do

Opinion article: Rejecting torture is the right thing to do

Unsurprisingly, the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s summary report on CIA detention, rendition, and interrogation has sparked renewed debate in the United States over the use of torture.

Much of the discussion over the past week has focused on whether the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” produces actionable intelligence or useful information.

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Contemporary IHL challenges: internment in armed conflict

Contemporary IHL challenges: internment in armed conflict

Deprivation of liberty - detention - is a common and lawful occurrence in armed conflict that is governed by a large number of provisions of international humanitarian law (IHL). Like other bodies of law, IHL prohibits arbitrary detention. This PDF outlines the basic concepts and rules related to detention in both international and non-international armed conflicts with, subsequently, a particular focus on internment (i.e. detention for security reasons in situations of armed conflict.) The similarities and differences between IHL and the corresponding rules of international human rights law are also addressed where relevant.

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Learning the Rules of War from Video Games

Learning the Rules of War from Video Games

As a young child, I spent countless hours playing Jane’s AH-64D Longbow, a military simulator that allowed players to fly combat missions in Apache helicopters. Prior to each mission, players would be briefed on the mission objectives and anticipated enemy forces, coordinate flight paths of allied units, and select the armaments most suitable for their particular mission.

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International Review - Violence against health care (II): The way forward

International Review - Violence against health care (II): The way forward

Following on from last week’s high-level panel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, we're highlighting a few articles from the latest edition of the International Review, which address key issues linked to violance against health care in armed conflicts and emergencies.  

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States must do more to stem "new & frightening trend" of attacks against health care

States must do more to stem "new & frightening trend" of attacks against health care

Health workers are under attack as never before and it's high time that States take concrete action to ensure that patients and health care personnel, facilities, and vehicles are respected and protected. That was the conclusion of a high-level panel, which took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

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