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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. ICRC hospital programme posters
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    ICRC hospital programme posters

    These four posters encourage patients to get moving and provide tips on how to prevent complications related to amputation, respiratory conditions and being confined to bed.

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  20. Cash Transfer Programming in Armed Conflict: The ICRC's Experience
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    Cash Transfer Programming in Armed Conflict: The ICRC's Experience

    Money is the main means of survival for most people around the world. That remains the case in situations of armed conflict, when having cash to buy essential goods can mean the difference betwe... [Learn more]

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  21. Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management
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    Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management

    The ICRC hires a variety of skilled professionals to provide agile and reliable logistical support.

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  22. International Expert Meeting Report: The Principle of Proportionality
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    International Expert Meeting Report: The Principle of Proportionality

    This report provides an account of the debates that took place during a meeting of international experts co-organized by the ICRC and Université Laval (Quebec) in June 2016 in Q... [Learn more]

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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