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  1. Ecosec Handbook - Assessing Economic Security
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    Ecosec Handbook - Assessing Economic Security

    Conceived primarily for ICRC Economic Security (EcoSec) staff, this handbook guides readers through the process of assessing the economic security situation of individuals, households or communi... [Learn more]

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  2. Work for the ICRC
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    Work for the ICRC

    This brochure explains some of the jobs you could be doing with the ICRC. It includes useful links to the ICRC on Facebook, YouTube and other sites. And a whole chapter is devoted to the benefits t... [Learn more]
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  3. Safer Access in my Daily Work
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    Safer Access in my Daily Work

    The Safer Access brochure is intended for National Society staff and volunteers. It contains practical information, set out in a concise and visual form, on what contribution every individual ca... [Learn more]

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  4. Security Survey for Health Facilities
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    Security Survey for Health Facilities

    Strengthening the security and preparedness of health-care facilities to withstand violence and attacks is key to ensuring people continue to have access to health care in conflict, or other eme... [Learn more]

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  5. Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
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    Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

    War and violence destroy communities and countries all over the world, and have a devastating impact on the mental health of millions of people. 

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  6. Understanding the Arms Trade Treaty from a Humanitarian Perspective
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    Understanding the Arms Trade Treaty from a Humanitarian Perspective

    This publication provides an overview of the Arms Trade Treaty’s background, its object and purpose and its main requirements. 

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  7. Arms Transfer Decisions: Applying International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law Criteria ‒ a Practical Guide
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    Arms Transfer Decisions: Applying International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law Criteria ‒ a Practical Guide

    The ICRC’s Arms Transfer Decisions: Applying International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law Criteria ‒ a Practical Guide aims to assist States and concerned organization... [Learn more]

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  8. Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine: Cities of misery and hope
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    Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine: Cities of misery and hope

    In many growing cities, migrant communities face multiple levels of marginalization, lack key services and live in neglected, sometimes uncharted neighbourhoods.

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  9. Missing Migrants and their Families - The ICRC's Recommendations to Policy-Makers
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    Missing Migrants and their Families - The ICRC's Recommendations to Policy-Makers

    This policy paper outlines key recommendations for policy-makers on ways to prevent migrants from going missing and, when they do, how to respond to the problem.

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  10. ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection
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    ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection

    Safeguarding the personal data of individuals, particularly in testing conditions, such as armed conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies, is an essential aspect of protecting people’s lives, t... [Learn more]
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  11. ICRC in Action
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    ICRC in Action

    This leaflet provides a simple introduction to the ICRC. It summarizes who we are, what we do, how we work and the extent of our activities worldwide. [Learn more]
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  12. Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action
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    Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action

    This Handbook was published as part of the Brussels Privacy Hub and ICRC’s Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project. It is aimed at the staff of humanitarian organizations involved i... [Learn more]

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  13. 40th Anniversary of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions
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    40th Anniversary of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions

    This short report describes the impact that the Additional Protocols have had on norms, how they have shaped the practice of parties to conflict and why they remain relevant today, 40 years afte... [Learn more]

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  14. Acquiring and Analysing Data in Support of Evidence-based Decisions: A Guide for Humanitarian Work 
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    Acquiring and Analysing Data in Support of Evidence-based Decisions: A Guide for Humanitarian Work 

    Gathering and analysing data – to study the consequences of crises and carry out activities in response – is an essential element of humanitarian work. It helps to ensure the relevan... [Learn more]

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  15. I saw my city die: Voices from the front lines of urban conflict in Iraq, Syria and Yemen
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    I saw my city die: Voices from the front lines of urban conflict in Iraq, Syria and Yemen

    Urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen are amongst the deadliest conflicts of our time. People’s homes, their doorsteps, their streets, their schools and their hospitals are all part of the b... [Learn more]

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  16. The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Treaty to End Decades of Civilian Suffering
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    The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Treaty to End Decades of Civilian Suffering

    This brochure provides an overview of the cluster munitions problem, the main provisions of the Convention and the steps required to meet its commitments. [Learn more]
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  17. Tackling Weapon Contamination
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    Tackling Weapon Contamination

    Even after a conflict ends, landmines and other explosive remnants of war continue to kill and maim, block access to essential services and hinder reconciliation processes. This deadly problem h... [Learn more]

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  18. Humanity in Action - Annual Review 2016
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    Humanity in Action - Annual Review 2016

    The annual review describes how we helped and protected victims of armed conflict and other violence last year.

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  19. Enhancing Protection for Civilians in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence
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    Enhancing Protection for Civilians in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence

    This brochure explains how the ICRC works to protect civilians in armed conflict and other situations of violence. [Learn more]
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  20. Time to Act: Stopping Violence, Safeguarding Health Care
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    Time to Act: Stopping Violence, Safeguarding Health Care

    What can we do to prevent attacks against patients, health workers, hospitals and ambulances?

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  21. Customary International Humanitarian Law Database (flyer)
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    Customary International Humanitarian Law Database (flyer)

    The purpose of this flyer is to promote the ICRC's customary international humanitarian law (IHL) study and online database, where the full content of the study and regular practice updates are ... [Learn more]

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  22. Health Emergencies in Large Populations - the HELP Course
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    Health Emergencies in Large Populations - the HELP Course

    Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) is a multidisciplinary training course on the principles and practice of humanitarian work in disasters, conflicts and other crises, with a focus o... [Learn more]

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  23. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
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    Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

    One of the most significant consequences of armed conflict and other situations of violence is their impact on the mental health and psychosocial well-being of the people affected. [Learn more]
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  24. Forensic Identification of Human Remains
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    Forensic Identification of Human Remains

    This brochure outlines the forensic process of identifying human remains, with an emphasis on the scientific matching of data. [Learn more]
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  25. Sexual Violence in Detention
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    Sexual Violence in Detention

    In this document, the ICRC examines sexual violence specifically in relation to people deprived of their liberty.

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  26. Anaesthesia Handbook
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    Anaesthesia Handbook

    The aim of this handbook is to provide guidance for trained anaesthetists working for the ICRC and to offer advice in areas where practice will differ from that in their home country. 

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  27. International Humanitarian Law - Handbook for Parliamentarians
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    International Humanitarian Law - Handbook for Parliamentarians

    This handbook is designed to familiarize parliamentarians with international humanitarian law and to heighten their awareness of the key role they can play in promoting its implementation, especial... [Learn more]
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  28. Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine: The case for cash
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    Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine: The case for cash

    In many cases, the simple act of giving money — instead of only material goods — may be the most efficient and effective way to give people the buying power they need to direct their... [Learn more]

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  29. Translating the Kampala Convention into Practice
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    Translating the Kampala Convention into Practice

    Millions of people have been displaced within their own countries by armed conflict or violence. Addressing their needs and providing durable solutions to their plight is the primary responsibil... [Learn more]

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  30. Water and Habitat
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    Water and Habitat

    This leaflet provides an overview of our work to restore essential services and ensure decent living conditions for communities affected by armed conflict.

    We improve public infrastructu... [Learn more]

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  31. Protracted Conflict and Humanitarian Action: Some Recent ICRC Experiences
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    Protracted Conflict and Humanitarian Action: Some Recent ICRC Experiences

    Protracted conflicts are a major cause of human suffering and can lead to long-term displacement, migration and development reversals. [Learn more]
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  32. Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps
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    Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps

    Mobile messaging apps are the fastest-growing digital communications phenomenon ever. Today, more than 2.5 billion people around the world use messaging apps, a figure that is expected to rise t... [Learn more]

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  33. People on War - Perspectives from 16 Countries
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    People on War - Perspectives from 16 Countries

    Is torture wrong or part of war? If the laws of war were better respected, would civilians flee their countries? Is attacking hospitals, ambulances and health-care workers wrong or part of war? [Learn more]
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  34. Ensuring Respect for the Life and Dignity of Persons Deprived of their Liberty
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    Ensuring Respect for the Life and Dignity of Persons Deprived of their Liberty

    This leaflet briefly describes the most important aspects of the work done by the ICRC to assist and protect persons deprived of their freedom during situations of violence, including armed conflic... [Learn more]
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  35. Market Analysis Guidance
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    Market Analysis Guidance

    This publication features processes and tools that can be used to integrate market assessment into the different phases of the project cycle, taking the Movement’s existing technical documents into... [Learn more]
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  36. Expert Meeting: The Use of Force in Armed Conflicts
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    Expert Meeting: The Use of Force in Armed Conflicts

    The subject of this report is “Use of Force in Armed Conflicts: Interplay between the Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement Paradigms.” [Learn more]
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  37. Decision-Making Process in Military Combat Operations
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    Decision-Making Process in Military Combat Operations

    This manual is intended to help decision makers create the necessary conditions for the respect of the law in the conduct of military combat operations. [Learn more]
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  38. Protecting People Deprived of their Liberty
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    Protecting People Deprived of their Liberty

    A comprehensive overview of the specific ICRC techniques and procedures used to assess living conditions and treatment of prisoners in places of detention. [Learn more]
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  39. Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders
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    Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders

    Proper and dignified management of the dead in disasters is one of the three key pillars of humanitarian response and a fundamental factor in facilitating identification of the deceased and help... [Learn more]

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  40. Urban Violence and the ICRC's Humanitarian Response
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    Urban Violence and the ICRC's Humanitarian Response

    The destructive force of urban violence on people’s lives and livelihoods – and the suffering it causes – is a major concern of the ICRC in many countries in which it works aro... [Learn more]

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  41. Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine: Humanity under fire
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    Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine: Humanity under fire

    Bombed hospitals. Health and first-aid workers killed. Heavily populated urban areas bombarded. What can be done to ensure respect for the rules of war? [Learn more]
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  42. History of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Volume V: From Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City
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    History of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Volume V: From Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City

    From 1966 to 1975, the ICRC criss-crossed the globe to provide humanitarian assistance during many of the major events of the decade.

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  43. IHL Bibliography 2015
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    IHL Bibliography 2015

    A compilation of the four quarterly IHL bibliographies issued by the ICRC Library during 2015. [Learn more]
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  44. International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction
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    International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction

    "International Humanitarian Law: A Comprehensive Introduction" is an introductory handbook that aims to promote and strengthen knowledge of IHL among academics, weapon-bearers, humanitarian and ... [Learn more]

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  45. Autonomous Weapon Systems: Implications of Increasing Autonomy in the Critical Functions of Weapons
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    Autonomous Weapon Systems: Implications of Increasing Autonomy in the Critical Functions of Weapons

    The development of autonomous weapon systems raises the prospect of the loss of human control over weapons and the use of force.

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  46. Armed Violence and the New Urban Agenda: The ICRC's Recommendations for Habitat III
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    Armed Violence and the New Urban Agenda: The ICRC's Recommendations for Habitat III

    In many parts of the world, sustainable urban development is seriously hindered by armed conflict and chronic urban violence. 

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  47. The evolution of warfare, Vol. 97, No. 900
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    The evolution of warfare, Vol. 97, No. 900

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the Review asked historians, legal scholars and humanitarian practitioners to look back at the wars of the past century from a humanit... [Learn more]

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  48. To Serve and to Protect: Guide for Police Conduct and Behaviour (includes section on first aid)
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    To Serve and to Protect: Guide for Police Conduct and Behaviour (includes section on first aid)

    This pocket-sized booklet adopts a simple pictorial format and aims to raise awareness as to the duties, responsibilities and powers of police and security officials in their daily law-enforcement ... [Learn more]
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  49. Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems
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    Red Cross and Red Crescent Emblems

    This new leaflet is designed to help members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement address misuse of the emblem. It explains the purpose of the emblems and why it is important... [Learn more]

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  50. The Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
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    The Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent

    This booklet uses personal stories and case studies to explain what the Fundamental Principles are and how they apply in today’s world. [Learn more]
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