Refugee Summit Offers Chance to Reaffirm IHL & Highlight Needs of Vulnerable Migrants

Refugee Summit Offers Chance to Reaffirm IHL & Highlight Needs of Vulnerable Migrants

Next week, the UN General Assembly will host a high-level summit on refugees and migrants, bringing together world leaders to address what has become one of the biggest humanitarian challenges in a generation. Back in May, ICRC President Peter Maurer sat down with Intercross to talk about the factors forcing people to flee in the first place and why world leaders should start seeing migration as an opportunity.

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#ICYMI Friday Round Up: Photography & Armed Conflict Sept. 2, 2016

#ICYMI Friday Round Up: Photography & Armed Conflict Sept. 2, 2016

Our Friday round up of interesting stuff is back! This week, we take a deep dive into the world of war photography. Meet the amazing photojournalist that was awarded the ICRC's Visa d'Or prize this week for his work in Colombia and take a tour of some fascinating stories about the people who put their lives on the line to bear witness to armed conflict and violence. Warning: Some of the content is disturbing.

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ICRC Trace the Face Helps Families Finding their Missing Loved Ones in Europe

ICRC Trace the Face Helps Families Finding their Missing Loved Ones in Europe

In 2013, the Red Cross launched an online tool called Trace the Face, which aims to help people find relatives who have disappeared along the migration roads to Europe. Trace the Face allows people trying to find their families to upload a photo of themselves to increase the chances of being recognized. In this video, a Senegalese mother looking for her son and an Eritrean woman in Switzerland looking for her brother explain why they used Trace the Face. An Afghan in Germany tells how he found his family thanks to Trace The Face. For more information, visit tracetheface.org.

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In Conversation With: A Video Interview with ICRC's Global Protection Delegate Pete Giugni

In Conversation With: A Video Interview with ICRC's Global Protection Delegate Pete Giugni

To mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19, we’re presenting a new edition of our popular “In Conversation With” video series, starring the ICRC’s Global Protection Delegate, Pete Guigni, who is interviewed by ICRC DC’s Trevor Keck. They talk about some of the hardest and most rewarding aspects of being a humanitarian in world marked by widespread suffering.

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Stopping War Crimes Before They Happen: Preventing Violations of the Law in Armed Conflict

Stopping War Crimes Before They Happen: Preventing Violations of the Law in Armed Conflict

The Berkeley Launch of The International Review of the Red Cross on "Generating Respect for the Law." A Panel Discussion Co-sponsored by the ICRC, American Red Cross, the American Society for International Law's Lieber Society, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society, and the Berkeley Human Rights Center.

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Today in DC: The Iraq Pledging Conference

Today in DC: The Iraq Pledging Conference

On July 20, 2016, the United States joins with Canada, Germany and Japan to co-host a Pledging Conference in Washington, DC, in support of humanitarian needs in Iraq. Real, concrete solutions for Iraq will depend on how the international community and concerned parties address humanitarian needs, and, above all, ensure Iraqis’ well-being and protection now and in the longer term.

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Iraq: "Fallujah Must Not Become Another Ramadi"

Iraq: "Fallujah Must Not Become Another Ramadi"

In the Iraqi city of Fallujah, the ICRC has serious concerns about the well-being and safety of civilians still trapped in and around the city. Tens of thousands of men, women, children and elderly remain stuck inside the town – the largest in Anbar province –  have already had very limited access to food, water and basic healthcare for the past two years.

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The Modern Age of Migration: Video Interview with ICRC President Peter Maurer

The Modern Age of Migration: Video Interview with ICRC President Peter Maurer

Ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, the ICRC's President, Peter Maurer, sat down with Intercross to talk about one of the world's biggest humanitarian challenges in a generation – the so-called global “migrant crisis”  and why world leaders should start seeing migration as an opportunity.

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Humanitarian Impact & Innovation: How the ICRC and Novartis are Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases

Humanitarian Impact & Innovation: How the ICRC and Novartis are Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases

With a migrant population of more than one million people who have fled the fighting in Syria, refugees now account for about one-third of Lebanon’s population. Those suffering from chronic diseases face difficulties accessing diagnosis, medicines and ongoing care. The ICRC and Novartis are partnering to improve care and treatment for the most vulnerable population in Lebanon.

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Relive the Power of Humanity and the Human Voice

Relive the Power of Humanity and the Human Voice

May 8, 2016 will mark a year since we unveiled the amazing Red Cross StoryCorps Initiative at the Swiss Embassy here in Washington D.C.. That inspiring event included the reunion of Black Hawk Down pilot and former POW, Mike Durant, with the ICRC delegate, Suzanne Hofstetter, who visited him after his helicopter was shot down and he was captured in Somalia. 

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We Need to Talk About Sexual Violence

We Need to Talk About Sexual Violence

The ICRC's Sexual Violence Advisor, Coline Rapneau, had an experience that changed her life while she was a field delegate in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  In this strong, personal and uplifting talk Rapneau shares her opinion of how and why sexual violence should be spoken about and says we have to start a conversation, right now, right there in the room where you are watching this.

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Working for the ICRC: Armed and Security Forces Delegates

Working for the ICRC: Armed and Security Forces Delegates

The ICRC's armed and security forces delegates (known as "FAS delegates" from the French acronym "forces armées et de sécurité") are at the heart of our humanitarian action. They maintain dialogue between the ICRC and all arms bearers, in order to ensure that we can help the victims of conflict under acceptable security conditions. Compliance with the law of war and the essential elements of international human rights law is another central aspect of their work. This applies to contacts with regular armed forces, the police, irregular forces and non-State groups.

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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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"On This Day in History" Syria, March 2011

"On This Day in History" Syria, March 2011

Five years ago this week, fighting began in Syria and has yet to stop. The ICRC's head of delegation in Syria, Marianne Gasser, has witnessed the conflict from the start,  and argues that only a political solution can stop the suffering.

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Homs, Syria: A Day in the Life

Homs, Syria: A Day in the Life

Today marks the beginning of 5 years of hostilities in Syria, a once modern and vibrant country that has been ripped apart by conflict. In February, photographer Jerome Sessini travelled to Syria to document the devastating toll of five years of fighting. His photos, featured in this post, were captured during his time in Homs, giving us a glimpse into the everyday life of a ghost-like town.

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Public Launch of ICRC Photo & Video Archive Database

Public Launch of ICRC Photo & Video Archive Database

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently launched an online database to give the public direct access to 153 years of the organization's audiovisual history. Thousands of photos, videos and audio recordings belonging to the ICRC and documenting the organization's past and present are now open to the public. 

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