ICRC Press Release: States must end flow of weapons that fuels human suffering

ICRC Press Release: States must end flow of weapons that fuels human suffering

The vice-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed for States around the world to cease the supply of arms and ammunition to parties to armed conflict who violate international humanitarian law (IHL). Speaking at the second Conference of State Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Geneva, Christine Beerli said there were 'insufficient controls' on the transfer of conventional weapons.

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ICRC President Peter Maurer Receives Inaugural Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award

ICRC President Peter Maurer Receives Inaugural Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award

On March 25, ICRC President Peter Maurer was awarded the inaugural Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. "His dedication to creating a safe and secure space for neutral, impartial, and independent humanitarian action is leading all of us toward a new future of aid.”

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"On This Day in History" Western Balkans, 1998-1999

"On This Day in History" Western Balkans, 1998-1999

This week marks the meeting of the 42nd session of the working group on persons unaccounted for in connection with events in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999. Officials from Belgrade and Pristina discussed further steps to be taken to clarify what happened to 1666 people who are still missing from that time. 

Under international humanitarian law, the families have the right to know what happened to their missing relatives. They have been waiting for 17 long years. 

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Official Launch of the Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

Official Launch of the Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention

Today, the ICRC released the updated Commentary to the first Geneva Convention,  which addresses a range of important issues such as the scope of the obligation to respect and ensure respect for humanitarian law, the beginning and end of armed conflict and the protection of the wounded and sick, medical facilities and personnel. 

In this featured Q&A video, Chris Harland, Legal Advisor for the ICRC Regional Delegation for the U.S. and Canada, has provided insight to some of the questions surrounding the release of the updated commentaries.

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ICRC Launches New Guidance Bolstering Relevance of Geneva Conventions

ICRC Launches New Guidance Bolstering Relevance of Geneva Conventions

"The Geneva Conventions are not just some historical documents born of another time, they are of burning relevance and importance today, and we need to ensure that their enormous humanitarian potential is recognized and acted upon by all." – ICRC Director of International Law and Policy, Helen Durham speaking about the role the new Commentaries can play in bringing the Conventions into the 21st century.

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Colombia: Insidious Violence on the Rise in 2015

Colombia: Insidious Violence on the Rise in 2015

While the peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) are making headway, there is no respite from the everyday armed violence in Colombia. 

Today, the ICRC Delegation in Bogotá, Colombia launched its annual report, or Humanitarian Situation Report 2016, giving an overview on ICRC activities in the country in 2015 as well as highlighting key challenges for 2016.

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First of its Kind - March 30: Join us for the Release of the First Updated Commentary on the Geneva Conventions

First of its Kind - March 30: Join us for the Release of the First Updated Commentary on the Geneva Conventions

On March 30th, the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Delegation in Washington, DC invites you to join a panel discussing the release of the new Commentary to the First 1949 Geneva Convention.  This includes the much-awaited commentaries on the Common Articles One, Two and Three.

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ICRC President on Syria: "Time to End This Horrendous War"

ICRC President on Syria: "Time to End This Horrendous War"

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has urged the parties to the Syrian conflict to allow aid deliveries to all people in need and to continue to work towards a political solution to end the suffering of millions of people. He said there needed to be a concerted effort by all those 'with influence' to bring to an end the devastating war which is entering its sixth year.

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Donor Countries Pledge Billions at Syrian Conference in London

Donor Countries Pledge Billions at Syrian Conference in London

Earlier today at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London, nations pledged to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians, 6 million of which are displaced within Syria and another 4 million refugees that are in other countries. Included in the pledges was a $601 million boost in humanitarian assistance from the United States, including $32 million for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

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Syria: Over 450 people Evacuated From Hard to Reach and Besieged Towns

Syria: Over 450 people Evacuated From Hard to Reach and Besieged Towns

On 28 December 2015, The United Nations (UN) in Syria, in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) successfully facilitated the evacuation of more than 450 people including the injured and their accompanying family members, following a local Agreement concerning the Syrian towns of Foua, Kafraya in Idleb and Zabadani and Madaya in Rif Damascus.

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Syria: Vienna talks must focus on respect for International Humanitarian Law

Syria: Vienna talks must focus on respect for International Humanitarian Law

As major powers gather in Vienna for fresh talks to try to end the conflict in Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called on states to intensify efforts to ease the Syrian people’s suffering by increasing respect for International Humanitarian Law.

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Burundi: Concerned at escalating violence, ICRC calls for restraint

Burundi: Concerned at escalating violence, ICRC calls for restraint

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is extremely concerned by the humanitarian consequences of the violence in Burundi. It calls on all parties to exercise restraint, safeguard the civilian population and allow everyone wishing to leave the affected areas to do so. The ICRC asks that victims, regardless of their affiliation, be allowed to get the help they need, especially health care.

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World at a turning point: Heads of UN and Red Cross issue joint warning

World at a turning point: Heads of UN and Red Cross issue joint warning

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, have issued an unprecedented joint warning about the impact of today's conflicts on civilians and appealed for urgent and concrete action to address human suffering and insecurity.

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Launch of Voices to Action - A Global Initiative for Local Solutions

Launch of Voices to Action - A Global Initiative for Local Solutions

This week, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement launched Voices to Action, a global initiative to gather community solutions to some of today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. 

Thoughts and ideas generated through a dedicated website – www.voicestoaction.org – and at community events in five countries will be shared with governments at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December – ensuring local voices are represented in the global discussions.

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