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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention: Twenty Years of Saving Lives and Limbs and Reducing Civilian Suffering
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    The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention: Twenty Years of Saving Lives and Limbs and Reducing Civilian Suffering

    Twenty years after its adoption, the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention has an impressive record of success. The Convention is saving lives and limbs and furthering the aspiration of a worl... [Learn more]

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  4. 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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  5. The Roots of Restraint in War - Executive Summary
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    The Roots of Restraint in War - Executive Summary

    The Roots of Restraint in War is an update of the 2004 Roots of Behaviour in War. Based on two years of research collaboration between the ICRC and six distinguished scholars, the repo... [Learn more]

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  6. The Roots of Restraint in War
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    The Roots of Restraint in War

    The Roots of Restraint in War is an update of the 2004 Roots of Behaviour in War. Based on two years of research collaboration between the ICRC and six distinguished scholars, the report identif... [Learn more]

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  7. Humanity in Action: Annual Review 2017
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    Humanity in Action: Annual Review 2017

    The annual review provides an at-a-glance guide to how we helped and protected victims of armed conflict and other violence in 2017. It provides facts and figures on our programmes around the wo... [Learn more]

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  8. Dignity and Safety in Restrictive Detention Regimes
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    Dignity and Safety in Restrictive Detention Regimes

    Detention is already a severe restriction of a person’s freedom. But some detainees are subject to even greater restrictions during their time in custody.

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  9. Hungarian October
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    Hungarian October

    On the basis of the archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Isabelle Vonèche Cardia analyses the action taken by the humanitarian organization during the events in Hunga... [Learn more]

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  10. EcoSec Handbook: EcoSec Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
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    EcoSec Handbook: EcoSec Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

    This is the second in a series of three handbooks covering project cycle management from the perspective of economic security. It supplements the first handbook, Assessing Economic Security... [Learn more]

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  11. A Matter of Life and Death: Tackling Violence against Health Care in Pakistan, Peru and El Salvador
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    A Matter of Life and Death: Tackling Violence against Health Care in Pakistan, Peru and El Salvador

    This publication compiles case studies of initiatives taken to safeguard the delivery of health care in Pakistan, Peru and El Salvador.

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  12. Ageing and Detention
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    Ageing and Detention

    Although all older people have the same basic needs, failure to meet these needs – and the additional needs that arise in detention – can have particularly severe consequences, and t... [Learn more]

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  13. Enhancing Protection in Armed Conflict through Domestic Law and Policy
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    Enhancing Protection in Armed Conflict through Domestic Law and Policy

    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, when ... [Learn more]

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  14. Engaging with People Affected by Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Violence
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    Engaging with People Affected by Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Violence

    This discussion paper is a response to the recognition that the nature of armed conflicts around the world is changing, that "digital disruption" is having an impact on the humanitaria... [Learn more]

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  15. Professional Standards for Protection Work (2018 abridged edition)
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    Professional Standards for Protection Work (2018 abridged edition)

    This abridged version of Professional Standards for Protection Work (third edition), published alongside the full version, is aimed at humanitarian and human rights actors engaged in protection ... [Learn more]

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  16. Professional Standards for Protection Work
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    Professional Standards for Protection Work

    Professional Standards for Protection Work (third edition) constitutes a set of minimum but essential standards aimed at ensuring that protection work carried out by human rights and humanitaria... [Learn more]

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  17. Health Systems and Needs Assessment in Prisons - Practical Guide and Toolkit
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    Health Systems and Needs Assessment in Prisons - Practical Guide and Toolkit

    This booklet provides detailed practical guidance and contains a set of tools for carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the health system and health-related needs throughout a penitentiary ... [Learn more]

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  18. Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine: Crisis within crisis
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    Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine: Crisis within crisis

    With conflict and ravaged infrastructure complicating the response, the Somalia drought crisis is a case study on the challenges of saving lives in a complex emergency.

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  19. Zaza the 14-Year-Old Child Soldier
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    Zaza the 14-Year-Old Child Soldier

    Presently the world faces the serious problem of, “Child Soldiers and Sexual Violence in the times of conflict.” A challenging Journal Comics by a Writer and a Manga Artist who found... [Learn more]

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  20. International Humanitarian Law
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    International Humanitarian Law

    An overview of international humanitarian law, in A2 poster format, presenting the key principles and articles of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols.

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  21. Physical Rehabilitation Programme: Annual Report 2016
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    Physical Rehabilitation Programme: Annual Report 2016

    Physical rehabilitation is an important part of the rehabilitation process. It is not an objective in itself but an essential part of fully integrating people with disabilities in society.

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  22. Passive Security - Technical Guidance for ICRC Premises in the Field
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    Passive Security - Technical Guidance for ICRC Premises in the Field

    In the field, the safety and security of humanitarian workers is a major concern, especially in conflict zones. To address it, passive security measures can be implemented to help mitigate the e... [Learn more]

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  23. History of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Volume III: from Yalta to Dien Bien Phu, 1945-1955
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    History of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Volume III: from Yalta to Dien Bien Phu, 1945-1955

    In the aftermath of the Second World War, the ICRC, morally weakened and on the verge of bankruptcy, saw its very existence called into question.

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Physiotherapy within ICRC
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    Physiotherapy within ICRC

    This manual presents an overview of physiotherapy related to physiotherapy activities in ICRC/ICRC supported projects as well as some recommendations. 

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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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