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  1. Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in COVID-19 Quarantine Centres
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    Prevention and Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in COVID-19 Quarantine Centres

    Governments around the world are quickly implementing measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect their citizens. Many governments are setting up quarantine centres and their armed fo... [Learn more]

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  2. Influencing Behaviour To Prevent Human Suffering
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    Influencing Behaviour To Prevent Human Suffering

    This is an updated policy paper on the ICRC’s prevention approach. It provides a snapshot of our current practice and reflections, which will help internal and external staff members, experts, a... [Learn more]

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  3. Poster: How to use chlorine to clean
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    Poster: How to use chlorine to clean

    Chlorine is an effective disinfectant against influenza viruses. It is available in many countries. It is widely used to disinfect surfaces and objects.

    This poster provides an overview ... [Learn more]

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  4. Tip Sheet on the Responsible Use of Online Conferencing Tools
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    Tip Sheet on the Responsible Use of Online Conferencing Tools

    Recent changes to working conditions have increased the use of online conferencing tools throughout the humanitarian sector. These conferencing technologies are invaluable when face-to-face meeting... [Learn more]
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  5. Clarifying the fate  and whereabouts  of missing migrants: Exchanging information along migratory routes
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    Clarifying the fate and whereabouts of missing migrants: Exchanging information along migratory routes

    The report Clarifying the fate and whereabouts of missing migrants: Exchanging information along migratory routes lays out the extensive discussions and con... [Learn more]

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  6. Decision-making in military security operations
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    Decision-making in military security operations

    Operations in which military forces must work within a law enforcement context have become increasingly prevalent. For many militaries this represents a significant shift from their primary rol... [Learn more]

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  7. Displaced in Cities : Experiencing and Responding to Urban Internal Displacement Outside Camps
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    Displaced in Cities : Experiencing and Responding to Urban Internal Displacement Outside Camps

    Internal displacement is an increasingly urban phenomenon. This is partly because in a quickly urbanizing world, when cities become sites of armed conflict and other violence, greater numbers ar... [Learn more]

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  8. Medicolegal Facilities – Guidelines for Architectural Programming and Construction Assistance
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    Medicolegal Facilities – Guidelines for Architectural Programming and Construction Assistance

    The ICRC’s protection activities range from preventing and resolving cases of missing persons to ensuring that human remains are handled with dignity and supporting families during their s... [Learn more]

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  9. 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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  10. EcoSec Response
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    EcoSec Response

    This is the third in a series of three handbooks covering project cycle management from the perspective of economic security. 

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  11. Engaging with State Armed Forces to Prevent Sexual Violence: A Toolkit for ICRC Staff on How to Engage State Armed Forces in Dialogue on Preventing Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict
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    Engaging with State Armed Forces to Prevent Sexual Violence: A Toolkit for ICRC Staff on How to Engage State Armed Forces in Dialogue on Preventing Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

    The toolkit is intended to help staff engage State armed forces in dialogue on preventing sexual violence. It may also help ICRC delegations develop key messages and inform their longer-term wor... [Learn more]

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  12. Millennials on War
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    Millennials on War

    For the first time, the ICRC has explored the views of 16,000 millennials – those aged 20–35 – on conflict and the rules of war. The findings offer hope for the future as well as plenty of conce... [Learn more]

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  13. Accountability to Affected People Institutional Framework
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    Accountability to Affected People Institutional Framework

    This publication provides ICRC staff with a coherent, integrated approach to delivering high-quality programmes while remaining accountable to affected people. 

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  14. Physical Rehabilitation Programme: 2018 Annual Report
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    Physical Rehabilitation Programme: 2018 Annual Report

    Access to physical rehabilitation services is essential for ensuring that people with physical disabilities participate fully in society. Regaining mobility is an important step towards having t... [Learn more]

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  15. Guidelines for the use of Forensic Genetics in Investigations into Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Violations
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    Guidelines for the use of Forensic Genetics in Investigations into Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Violations

    During armed conflicts, natural disasters and other situations of violence, people go missing. Families wait for answers. The ICRC is the only organization that offers forensic assistance exclusive... [Learn more]
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  16. Cash and Voucher Assistance - Economic Security
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    Cash and Voucher Assistance - Economic Security

    A brief introduction to how we provide people with emergency relief and support their long-term economic recovery through cash and vouchers. Fast, flexible and safe, this kind of support can hel... [Learn more]

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  17. Agriculture - Economic Security
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    Agriculture - Economic Security

    A brief introduction to our work to boost food security and protect agricultural production among conflict-affected communities. Read how we build people’s resilience and help restore thei... [Learn more]

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  18. Microeconomic Initiatives – Economic Security
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    Microeconomic Initiatives – Economic Security

    A brief introduction to our microeconomic initiatives, such as productive grants, vocational training and microcredit. Read how these initiatives help people affected by conflict to earn a livin... [Learn more]

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  19. War Surgery - Working With Limited Resources In Armed Conflict And Other Situations Of Violence Volume 1
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    War Surgery - Working With Limited Resources In Armed Conflict And Other Situations Of Violence Volume 1

    ICRC surgical programmes for war victims have been developed over many years, based on "appropriate" responses for a given situation. This often involves making the best of limited resources in ... [Learn more]

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  20. Towards Humane Prisons
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    Towards Humane Prisons

    The design of any building profoundly affects how we feel and act within it. This publication provides guiding principles on prison planning and design.

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  21. Economic Security Posters
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    Economic Security Posters

    These posters explain what it means to work in economic and food security for the ICRC, whether as an agronomist, nutritionist, cash and market specialist, or an EcoSec generalist delegate. They... [Learn more]

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  22. The Kampala Convention: Key Recommendations Ten Years On
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    The Kampala Convention: Key Recommendations Ten Years On

    The plight of millions of people internally displaced in Africa because of armed conflict or other violence continues to give cause for concern. The tenth anniversary of the Kampala Convention in 2... [Learn more]
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  23. 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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  24. IHL And Islamic Law In Contemporary Armed Conflicts - Experts’ Workshop Geneva, 29–30 October 2018
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    IHL And Islamic Law In Contemporary Armed Conflicts - Experts’ Workshop Geneva, 29–30 October 2018

    This report is the result of a two-day workshop for experts on international humanitarian law (IHL) and Islamic law that was held in Geneva, at the headquarters of the International Committee of... [Learn more]

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  25. Urban Services during Protracted Armed Conflict
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    Urban Services during Protracted Armed Conflict

    Based on more than 30 years of ICRC experience in protracted armed conflict in urban settings, this report underlines the challenges and proposes new avenues to better respond to the needs of urban... [Learn more]
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  26. Work for the ICRC
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    Work for the ICRC

    Working in the humanitarian sector is both rewarding and challenging. If this is the career path that you see yourself on, keep reading. This flyer will help you understand how the International Co... [Learn more]
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  27. The Role of Humanitarian Actors in Safeguarding Access to Education – Workshop Report – Geneva, 19–20 June 2019
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    The Role of Humanitarian Actors in Safeguarding Access to Education – Workshop Report – Geneva, 19–20 June 2019

    This report summarizes discussions held at a workshop on the role of humanitarian actors in safeguarding access to education, which took place at the ICRC’s headquarters in Geneva from 19 to 20 ... [Learn more]

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  28. Livestock – Economic Security
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    Livestock – Economic Security

    A brief introduction to our work to build resilience among conflict-affected communities that rely on livestock for a living. Read how we support livestock health and productivity, and repair in... [Learn more]

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  29. Symposium Report: Digital Risks In Armed Conflicts
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    Symposium Report: Digital Risks In Armed Conflicts

    This report summarizes the key findings and action points coming out of the symposium on digital risks in armed conflicts and other situations of violence, held in Decem... [Learn more]

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  30. Weapon Contamination in Urban Settings: An ICRC Response
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    Weapon Contamination in Urban Settings: An ICRC Response

    Unexploded and abandoned ordnance is dangerous wherever it is found. But in urban settings, such weapon contamination poses particular risks for civilians, critical civilian infrastructure and h... [Learn more]

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  31. The ICRC’S Physical Rehabilitation Programme: From Rehabilitation to Inclusion 1979–2019
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    The ICRC’S Physical Rehabilitation Programme: From Rehabilitation to Inclusion 1979–2019

    This leaflet provides a brief overview of the ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Programme, which celebrated 40 years of existence in 2019.

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  32. Nutrition – Economic Security
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    Nutrition – Economic Security

    A brief introduction to our work to prevent and treat malnutrition among conflict-affected communities – both civilians and detainees. Read about our food rations and nutritional support, ... [Learn more]

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  33. Using Radio as a Means of Operational Communication and Community Outreach
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    Using Radio as a Means of Operational Communication and Community Outreach

    This short guide provides simple, helpful, easy-to-use guidelines for humanitarian workers (and others!) to develop, implement and evaluate a good radio broadcast

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  34. The Potential Human Cost of Cyber Operations
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    The Potential Human Cost of Cyber Operations

    This report provides an account of the discussions that took place in November 2018 during a meeting of experts organized by the ICRC with the aim of moving towards a realistic assessment of the... [Learn more]

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  35. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
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    Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

    The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is the first globally applicable multilateral agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons on the basis of international humanita... [Learn more]

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  36. Humanity in Action
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    Humanity in Action

    Humanity in Action provides an at-a-glance guide to how we helped and protected victims of armed conflict and other violence in 2018. It provides facts and figures on our programmes around the w... [Learn more]

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  37. Displacement in times of armed conflict: How international humanitarian law protects in war, and why it matters
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    Displacement in times of armed conflict: How international humanitarian law protects in war, and why it matters

    The main purpose of the study is to draw attention to the key role that IHL plays in preventing and addressing displacement and to influence law and policymaking among States and international a... [Learn more]

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  38. Increasing Resilience to Weapon Contamination through Behaviour Change
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    Increasing Resilience to Weapon Contamination through Behaviour Change

    These guidelines have been produced to help the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement better manage the risks associated with weapon contamination resulting ... [Learn more]

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  39. Missing Persons Project
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    Missing Persons Project

    This publication presents the Missing Persons Project and its goals of improving efforts to stop people from disappearing, find those who have gone missing and support the people affected.

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  40. Children in War
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    Children in War

    Children often pay a heavy price in times of war. They have to endure the direct and indirect consequences of hostilities, both of which can have a lasting impact on their development.

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  41. Physical Rehabilitation Programme: 2017 Annual Report
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    Physical Rehabilitation Programme: 2017 Annual Report

    Access to physical rehabilitation services is essential for ensuring that people with physical disabilities participate fully in society. Regaining mobility is an important step towards having t... [Learn more]

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  42. Basic Emergency Care: approach to the acutely ill and injured
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    Basic Emergency Care: approach to the acutely ill and injured

    Developed by WHO and ICRC, in collaboration with the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, Basic Emergency Care (BEC): Approach to the acutely ill and injured... [Learn more]

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  43. National Committees and Similar Entities on International Humanitarian Law: Guidelines for Success – Towards Respecting and Implementing International Humanitarian Law
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    National Committees and Similar Entities on International Humanitarian Law: Guidelines for Success – Towards Respecting and Implementing International Humanitarian Law

    International humanitarian law (IHL) affords protection to people and property in armed conflict, but only if its rules are properly recognized, clearly understood and fully complied with.

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  44. 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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  45. Living with Absence: Helping the Families of the Missing
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    Living with Absence: Helping the Families of the Missing

    Many people go missing as a result of conflict, natural and man-made disasters, other humanitarian crises, and migration. As if their pain was not enough, family members of the missing are often pl... [Learn more]
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  46. Changing Behaviour - Tackling Violence Against Health Care in the Central African Republic, Niger and Nigeria
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    Changing Behaviour - Tackling Violence Against Health Care in the Central African Republic, Niger and Nigeria

    The publication presents case studies of initiatives taken in three countries to safeguard the delivery of health care. 

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  47. Confronting the Hell of the Trenches - The ICRC and the First World War
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    Confronting the Hell of the Trenches - The ICRC and the First World War

    In terms of the number of nations involved, the duration of the conflict and the resources deployed, the First World War constituted a fundamental break with the past. It ushered in a century of... [Learn more]

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  48. The Convention on Cluster Munitions: The First Ten Years
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    The Convention on Cluster Munitions: The First Ten Years

    This booklet summarizes the achievements made in the ten years since the Convention on Cluster Munitions was adopted.

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  49. Symbols of help, hope and humanity
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    Symbols of help, hope and humanity

    This short but dynamic comic is adapted from the video animation The red cross, red crescent and red crystal. What do they mean? In one word: ... [Learn more]

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  50. ICRC Strategy 2019–2022
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    ICRC Strategy 2019–2022

    The ICRC Strategy 2019–2022 provides a compass for action for the next four years.

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