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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. To Serve and to Protect: Guide for Police Conduct and Behaviour – First Aid
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    To Serve and to Protect: Guide for Police Conduct and Behaviour – 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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  6. 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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  7. 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 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Commentary on the First Geneva Convention (flyer)
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    Commentary on the First Geneva Convention (flyer)

    This flyer promotes the updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention. The flyer can be used as a promotional tool ahead of the launch and provides details about the online and print publication. [Learn more]
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  24. Domestic Normative Frameworks for the Protection of Health Care
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    Domestic Normative Frameworks for the Protection of Health Care

    This publication presents a number of recommendations for States to help them implement those aspects of international law that protect the provision of health care during conflicts and other emerg... [Learn more]
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  25. Red Cross Red Crescent: Invisible scars (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: Invisible scars (magazine)

    Invisible scars: the Movement is doing more to help victims of sexual and gender-based violence. The difference data makes: How data can save lives, improve health and bring aid more efficiently. [Learn more]
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  26. 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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  27. Discover the ICRC
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    Discover the ICRC

    This booklet provides an overview of the work we do at the ICRC and the contemporary challenges we face in pursuing our humanitarian mission. [Learn more]
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  28. Work for the ICRC: Finance and Administration Manager and HR Manager
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    Work for the ICRC: Finance and Administration Manager and HR Manager

    The ICRC is always looking for talented HR and finance professionals willing to lend their skills to our humanitarian cause. [Learn more]
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  29. Health Care in Detention: Managing Scabies Outbreaks in Prison Settings
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    Health Care in Detention: Managing Scabies Outbreaks in Prison Settings

    This booklet will be of great assistance to health authorities, prison authorities and all those responsible for the provision of health care in prisons. [Learn more]
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  30. Physical Rehabilitation Programme: Annual Report 2014
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    Physical Rehabilitation Programme: Annual Report 2014

    Access to physical rehabilitation is important from both human rights and human development perspectives. [Learn more]
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  31. Explosive Remnants of War
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    Explosive Remnants of War

    This brochure highlights the risks posed by unexploded and abandoned ordnance in war-affected countries, and summarizes the Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War, a treaty adopted by States in 2003... [Learn more]
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  32. Health Care in Danger: Meeting the Challenges
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    Health Care in Danger: Meeting the Challenges

    "Health Care in Danger: Meeting the Challenges" is a collection of stories from the field. They describe how violence can disrupt the delivery of health care. [Learn more]
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  33. Ensuring the Preparedness and Security of Health-Care Facilities in Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies
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    Ensuring the Preparedness and Security of Health-Care Facilities in Armed Conflict and Other Emergencies

    This publication is intended as a practical manual for governments, hospital managers and others concerned. [Learn more]
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  34. Principles guiding humanitarian action, Vol. 97, Nos 897,898
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    Principles guiding humanitarian action, Vol. 97, Nos 897,898

    What are the main challenges that humanitarian actors face in upholding a principled approach in today's crises and emergencies? How are "principles guiding humanitarian action" understood... [Learn more]

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  35. Scope of the law in armed conflict, Vol. 96, No. 893
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    Scope of the law in armed conflict, Vol. 96, No. 893

    What does the legal regulation of armed conflict at the beginning of the twenty-first century look like? Is it legally permissible to target anyone, anywhere, with armed drones? [Learn more]

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  36. Safeguarding the Provision of Health Care: Operational Practices and Relevant International Humanitarian Law concerning Armed Groups
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    Safeguarding the Provision of Health Care: Operational Practices and Relevant International Humanitarian Law concerning Armed Groups

    Health-care personnel have to be respected and protected by all parties to a conflict and be able to perform their humanitarian duty without fearing for their safety. [Learn more]
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  37. Safer Access: An Introduction
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    Safer Access: An Introduction

    This publication provides a condensed overview of the Safer Access emergency preparedness and development approach, with a focus on the Safer Access Framework. [Learn more]
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  38. Women and War
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    Women and War

    This publication looks at the ways in which women can be affected by conflict and the actions taken by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to take their specific needs into account. [Learn more]
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  39. Accompanying families of missing persons, in relation to armed conflict or other situations of violence
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    Accompanying families of missing persons, in relation to armed conflict or other situations of violence

    An introduction to the handbook "Accompanying the families of missing persons".

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  40. Expert Meeting: Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas
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    Expert Meeting: Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas

    In 2011, the ICRC stated that explosive weapons with wide-area effects should not be used in densely populated areas due to the significant likelihood of indiscriminate effects. [Learn more]
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  41. Humanity in Action
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    Humanity in Action

    Humanity in Action 2014 explains the ICRC's wide-ranging activities and how it spends its money, gives an overview of the impact of ICRC action during the year and introduces some of the people who... [Learn more]
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  42. Red Cross Red Crescent: Matters of principle (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: Matters of principle (magazine)

    The Fundamental Principles turn 50 years old this year. What better time to examine the challenges faced in putting these key guiding principles into action? [Learn more]
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  43. Health Care in Detention: A Practical Guide
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    Health Care in Detention: A Practical Guide

    This booklet will be of great assistance to health authorities, prison authorities and all those responsible for the provision of health care in prisons who seek to maintain or improve the health o... [Learn more]
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  44. Health Care in Danger: Violent Incidents Affecting the Delivery of Health Care, January 2012 to December 2014
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    Health Care in Danger: Violent Incidents Affecting the Delivery of Health Care, January 2012 to December 2014

    This report is based on 2,398 incidents of violence against health care. The data on those incidents was collected from various sources in 11 countries between January 2012 and December 2014 and an... [Learn more]
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  45. Strengthening International Humanitarian Law Protecting Persons Deprived of their Liberty: Thematic Consultation of Government Experts on Grounds and Procedures for Internment and Detainee Transfers, Montreux, Switzerland, 20-22 October 2014
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    Strengthening International Humanitarian Law Protecting Persons Deprived of their Liberty: Thematic Consultation of Government Experts on Grounds and Procedures for Internment and Detainee Transfers, Montreux, Switzerland, 20-22 October 2014

    This report provides an account of the October 2014 thematic consultation of government experts on grounds and procedures for internment and detainee transfers. [Learn more]
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  46. Accompanying the Families of Missing Persons: A Practical Handbook
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    Accompanying the Families of Missing Persons: A Practical Handbook

    The ICRC has played an active role since 1991 in supporting the families of missing persons and advocating respect for their right to know the fate of their relatives. [Learn more]
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  47. International Humanitarian Law Bibliography, 2014 Edition
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    International Humanitarian Law Bibliography, 2014 Edition

    A compilation of the four quarterly IHL bibliographies issued by the ICRC Library during 2014. [Learn more]
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  48. Restoring Family Links: Presenting the Strategy for a Worldwide Network
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    Restoring Family Links: Presenting the Strategy for a Worldwide Network

    Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are separated from their loved ones as a result of war, disasters, migration or other circumstances. [Learn more]
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  49. Statutes and Rules of Procedure of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
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    Statutes and Rules of Procedure of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

    Statutes and rules of procedure of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement [Learn more]
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  50. Physical Rehabilitation Centres: Architectural Programming Handbook
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    Physical Rehabilitation Centres: Architectural Programming Handbook

    Physical rehabilitation refers to a process aimed at removing restrictions on the activities of people with disabilities and at enabling them to become more independent. [Learn more]
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