ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commissioned WIN/Gallup to carry out a global survey on public attitudes towards war and the rules of war, including 17,000 people from 16 countries. Survey participants were living in countries in conflict, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as powerful countries fighting wars, like the United States and Russia. They were asked questions on a variety of issues such as the protection of civilians, attacks against hospitals, treatments of detainees and the role of the international community in ensuring respect for the rules of war. Check out the full results as well as more about the survey, launch events and media here.  

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World Red Cross Red Crescent Day: Celebrating the Volunteers

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day: Celebrating the Volunteers

Every year on May 8, we celebrate World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. It's an opportunity to recognize the fact that all around the world, every hour of every day, the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is at work. Today we pay tribute to the amazing efforts of volunteers and staff around the globe, who go out saving lives and changing minds. 

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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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Gender Perspectives on IHL

Gender Perspectives on IHL

Last week the ICRC's Director of Law and Policy, Helen Durham, participated in a podcast hosted by The Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) at Harvard University. The podcast brings together experts from diverse backgrounds to consider how the practical implementation and enforcement of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) affects men, women, girls and boys differently.

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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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Celebrating the Power of Humanity and the Human Voice

Celebrating the Power of Humanity and the Human Voice

On May 8, 2015 the International Committee of the Red Cross’ DC-based Regional Delegation for the US and Canada, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, their National Capital Region Chapter, and theSwiss Embassy in Washingtonwill unveil the results of our exciting Red Cross StoryCorps Initiative.We’ll be launching the Red Cross StoryCorps clips and a “making of” video here on Intercross (which is getting a facelift and mobile optimization to coincide with the launch) and holding a very special event, hosted by the Swiss Embassy on May 8, to celebrate “The Power of Humanity and the Human Voice.

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Mali, fragile after 16 months of armed conflict

Mali, fragile after 16 months of armed conflict

Head of regional ICRC delegation Jean-Nicolas Marti explains why and how Mali has become one of our largest operations in recent months. He describes the instability prevailing in the country's north, severe food and water shortages and displaced populations fearing to return to their homes due to clashes, suicide attacks and growing criminality.

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In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago

In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago

Sadly, we have been present in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last 35 years and while the geography and dynamics of the conflict might have changed, the same fundamental problem - disrespect of the basic principles of IHL by parties - persists.

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IHL Challenges Series - IHL And Terrorism, Part I

IHL Challenges Series - IHL And Terrorism, Part I

With this initial post, ICRC legal expert Jelena Pejic unpacks the distinctions between the legal frameworks governing these types of violence and elaborates on the ICRC position, notably on the legal and policy effects of blurring armed conflict and terrorism. 

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IHL and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts - Typology of conflicts, Part I

IHL and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts - Typology of conflicts, Part I

We start off with Typology of conflicts and an interview with ICRC Legal Advisor Jelena Pejic, who is one of the experts who drafted The Notion And Typology Of Armed Conflicts, the section of our report that you can download as a PdF, below.

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IHL and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts - a new series

IHL and the challenges of contemporary armed conflicts - a new series

As the nature and characteristics of contemporary conflicts change, the operational reality in which we work also evolves, and with it the necessity to reflect upon the adequacy of international humanitarian law to tackle new challenges.

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