In the newest edition of our In Conversation series, we interview the outgoing ICRC Head of Delegation in Iraq, Patrick Youssef, about how the country has changed during his time there, his experience working with non-state armed groups, and what drives him as a person to do this work.Read More
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the ICRC, in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), have been distributing food parcels to millions of people in need. Many of those who receive the relief aid find it hard to prepare cooked meals for want of fuel and other lack of money.Read More
Currently ICRC has need for interpreters in 20 different languages from around the world. As part of the recruitment process, one of ICRC's delegates will be coming to Washington, DC on September 3rd to recruit at the East Coast Returned Peace Corps Volunteer careers fair. Within the NGO sector, the Peace Corps is renowned for its pre-mission training in the language and culture of the countries where its volunteers are posted. Its volunteers are also known for their resilience, flexibility and can-do attitude; all essential qualities for the ICRC.Read More
ICRC's Head of Subdelegation in Aleppo, Valter Gros, discusses the degrading humanitarian situation in what used to be the country's most populated city. Today the area is devastated by fighting and divided into zones controlled by various groups.Read More
At an official side event of the 2015 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, senior officials discussed the effectiveness and relevance of neutrality and independence as core principals of humanitarian action.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The ICRC’s Washington DC-based spokeswoman (and Editor of Intercross), Anna Nelson, was invited to give a presentation at the United Nations' first-ever Social Media Summit in New York City on January 30.Read More
As we say goodbye to 2014 and look ahead to 2015, the ICRC's director of operations, Dominik Stillhart, examines the changing nature of armed conflict and the challenges of providing principled humanitarian assistance in an increasingly unpredictable world.Read More
December 15 marks one year since the beginning of the current crisis in the world’s newest nation.
Millions of South Sudanese have been affected by the ongoing conflict. Over the past year, hundreds of thousands of people have been internally displaced or fled to neighboring countries.Read More
After a bit of a hiatus, our weekly list of noteworthy articles and online content is back with a new name: "Nota bene" (Latin for "note well" or "take note").
For the uninitiated, this round-up takes a look at the news from a humanitarian perspective on armed conflict, human suffering, and emergencies (with some hope thrown in for good measure!).
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Monthin the US.
Here's a round-up of our best cyber content, including interviews with leading experts like Peter Singer, Michael Schmitt and the ICRC's very own Gary Brown.
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.Read More
This week, the People's Liberation Army and the ICRC are co-hosting senior operational officers from 57 countries across the globe for the week-long Senior Workshop on International Rules governing Military Operations (SWIRMO) in Xi'an, China. The workshop will highlight the importance of translating international humanitarian and human rights law into the operational practice of armed forces.Read More
On Friday, Central America became the first region in the world to be free of cluster munitions, after Belize joined theInternational Convention on Cluster Munitions. Speaking at the start of the Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention in San Jose on Tuesday, Costa Rican President, Luis Guillermo Solis, said that as a region that has seen its fair share of armed conflicts, it was important for Central America to “send a clear message” about its commitment to peace and development.Read More