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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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?

    [Learn more]
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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.

    [Learn more]
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  10. Respect for International Humanitarian Law
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    Respect for International Humanitarian Law

    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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. 

    [Learn more]
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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. To Serve and to Protect: Guide for Police Conduct and Behaviour
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    To Serve and to Protect: Guide for Police Conduct and Behaviour

    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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  36. Red Cross Red Crescent magazine: Bright ideas
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    Red Cross Red Crescent magazine: Bright ideas

    As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? [Learn more]
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  37. Emblems of Humanity
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    Emblems of Humanity

    This brochure explains the protective function of the emblems when displayed during armed conflict, as well as their use in peacetime by members of the International Red Cross and Red Cres... [Learn more]

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  38. Protecting Health Care: Key Recommendations
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    Protecting Health Care: Key Recommendations

    This guide provides recommendations for devising policies and strategies and for developing and implementing practical measures to prevent violence against patients, health-care workers and facilit... [Learn more]
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  39. Toolbox: Safeguarding the Provision of Health Care: Operational Practices and Relevant International Humanitarian Law concerning Armed Groups
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    Toolbox: Safeguarding the Provision of Health Care: Operational Practices and Relevant International Humanitarian Law concerning Armed Groups

    This toolbox contains ten case studies and a model unilateral declaration related to the protection of health care. It is meant for armed groups, or individuals or entities that engage with armed g... [Learn more]
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  40. Remembering the Shoah: The ICRC and the International Community's Efforts in Responding to Genocide and Protecting Civilians
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    Remembering the Shoah: The ICRC and the International Community's Efforts in Responding to Genocide and Protecting Civilians

    This booklet contains the proceedings of an event co-organized by the ICRC and the World Jewish Congress to mark 70 years since the end of the Shoah. [Learn more]
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  41. Activities for Migrants
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    Activities for Migrants

    This booklet focuses on the activities that the ICRC carries out on behalf of vulnerable migrants and their families around the world. [Learn more]
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  42. The Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
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    The Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

    This eight-page in-brief pamphlet explains how the principles unite the components of the Movement and enable them to provide effective, unbiased assistance to people in need. [Learn more]
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  43. Health Activities
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    Health Activities

    An overview of the ICRC’s health programmes on the ground and the principles underpinning them. [Learn more]
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  44. Expert Meeting: Autonomous Weapon Systems, Technical, Military, Legal and Humanitarian Aspects
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    Expert Meeting: Autonomous Weapon Systems, Technical, Military, Legal and Humanitarian Aspects

    The ICRC convened an international expert meeting on autonomous weapon systems from 26 to 28 March 2014. It brought together government experts from 21 States and 13 individual experts, including r... [Learn more]
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  45. 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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  46. Red Cross Red Crescent: Dying for a better life (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: Dying for a better life (magazine)

    Dying for a better life; Horn of Africa faces a new dilemma; Migrants: 'Anywhere that is safe', The border of broken dream; A planet of extreme: climate versus new technologies and A stronger base ... [Learn more]
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  47. The domestic implementation of International Humanitarian Law (DVD version)
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    The domestic implementation of International Humanitarian Law (DVD version)

    This manual is a practical tool to assist policy-makers, legislators and other stakeholders in adhering to IHL instruments and implementing them domestically. [Learn more]
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  48. Connecting with the Past: The Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – A Critical Historical Perspective
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    Connecting with the Past: The Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – A Critical Historical Perspective

    This report summarizes the presentations and debates held at the conference "Connecting with the Past" at ICRC headquarters in Geneva on 16–17 September 2015. [Learn more]
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  49. Microeconomic Initiatives: Handbook
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    Microeconomic Initiatives: Handbook

    This handbook is the result of lessons learned by the ICRC from implementing MEIs in various countries. An MEI is an income-generating programme that takes a bottom-up approach, involving beneficia... [Learn more]
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  50. Behaviour in Combat: Code of Conduct for Combatants and First Aid Manual
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    Behaviour in Combat: Code of Conduct for Combatants and First Aid Manual

    Combatants may find themselves in unexpected situations in which they need guidance on how to comply with international humanitarian law or how to deal with casualties in need of care. [Learn more]
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