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  1. Preventing and Repressing International Crimes: Towards an `Integrated` Approach Based in Domestic Practice – Report of the Third Universal Meeting of National Committees for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law
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    Preventing and Repressing International Crimes: Towards an `Integrated` Approach Based in Domestic Practice – Report of the Third Universal Meeting of National Committees for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law

    The report, based primarily on national practice, offers a pragmatic approach to the prevention and suppression of international crimes, paying particular attention to the Statute of the Internatio... [Learn more]
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  2. Nuclear, Radiological, Biological and Chemical Events
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    Nuclear, Radiological, Biological and Chemical Events

    This leaftet aims to raise awareness on basic measures to protect oneself and others in case of NRBC exposure. [Learn more]
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  3. The future of humanitarian action, IRRC No. 884
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    The future of humanitarian action, IRRC No. 884

    Since the end of the Cold War, humanitarian activity has grown exponentially. Several factors today seem to demonstrate profound changes in this polymorphic sector. 

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  4. International Humanitarian Law Bibliography, 2012 Edition
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    International Humanitarian Law Bibliography, 2012 Edition

    A compilation of the four quarterly IHL bibliographies issued by the ICRC Library during 2012. [Learn more]
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  5. Engaging armed groups, IRRC No. 883
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    Engaging armed groups, IRRC No. 883

    Most wars today pit states against armed groups, and talking with such groups is therefore vital for all those working to promote compliance with the law and strengthen the protection of c... [Learn more]

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  6. Red Cross Red Crescent: A journey into the heart of humanity (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: A journey into the heart of humanity (magazine)

    A century and a half after the creation of the ICRC, humanitarianism is alive and well. Our story starts on two tracks: a historical timeline beginning just before the Movement’s founding; and an e... [Learn more]
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  7. First Aid in Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Violence
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    First Aid in Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Violence

    A practical manual presenting the specific knowledge, skills and practices that First Aiders should have to act safely and effectively when caring for people caught up in armed conflicts and other ... [Learn more]
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  8. War Surgery: Working with Limited Resources in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence, Volume 2
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    War Surgery: Working with Limited Resources in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence, Volume 2

    This publication describes the ICRC approach to providing appropriate surgical care given the constraints of security, limited supplies, limited technology and limited human resources that are inhe... [Learn more]
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  9. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Habitat in Prisons: Supplementary Guidance
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    Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Habitat in Prisons: Supplementary Guidance

    A practical handbook covering the architecture, engineering, design and operation of prisons. [Learn more]
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  10. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Habitat in Prisons
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    Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Habitat in Prisons

    Expertise acquired by ICRC engineers regarding environmental engineering in prisons. [Learn more]
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  11. Dignity in Detention (posters)
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    Dignity in Detention (posters)

    A set of six posters promoting respect for the dignity of people in detention. [Learn more]
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  12. Conflict in Afghanistan I, IRRC Vol 92, No. 880
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    Conflict in Afghanistan I, IRRC Vol 92, No. 880

    The year 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the launching of 'Operation Enduring Freedom'. For Americans, this is one of the longest wars in the history of their country, but when the American ... [Learn more]

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  13. Summary of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and their Additional Protocols
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    Summary of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and their Additional Protocols

    This is not an abridged commentary on the Conventions and their Additional Protocols, but a summary of their main provisions, with references to the relevant articles. For all categories of readers. [Learn more]
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  14. Health Care in Danger: The Responsibilities of Health-Care Personnel Working in Armed Conflicts and Other Emergencies
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    Health Care in Danger: The Responsibilities of Health-Care Personnel Working in Armed Conflicts and Other Emergencies

    A guidance document in simple language for health personnel, setting out their rights and responsibilities in conflict and other situations of violence. [Learn more]
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  15. Red Cross Red Crescent: Humanity Inc. (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: Humanity Inc. (magazine)

    As humanitarian needs rise and aid budgets are scarce, what’s a humanitarian organization to do? What are the risks and rewards of using private enterprise to fund humanitarian assistance? [Learn more]
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  16. Red Cross Red Crescent: Protecting the witnesses (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: Protecting the witnesses (magazine)

    Journalists are often the first to expose the reality and the crimes of war. They are also crucial witnesses to the suffering and needs of vulnerable people in times of conflict and natural disaster. [Learn more]
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  17. Mini EHL: The Essence of Humanitarian Law
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    Mini EHL: The Essence of Humanitarian Law

    This resource kit introduces young people to the principles and basic rules of IHL. It provides 5 x 45 minutes of sequential learning activities designed for both formal and non-formal education se... [Learn more]
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  18. Technical Review: Borehole Drilling and Rehabilitation under Field Conditions
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    Technical Review: Borehole Drilling and Rehabilitation under Field Conditions

    A practical review of experience in the field of borehole drilling and renovation. [Learn more]
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  19. Expert Meeting: Occupation and Other Forms of Administration of Foreign Territory
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    Expert Meeting: Occupation and Other Forms of Administration of Foreign Territory

    This document reports the findings of the ICRC project and meeting on occupation and other forms of administration of foreign territory. [Learn more]
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  20. Red Cross Red Crescent: Words into action (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: Words into action (magazine)

    Following the promises and commitments made at the Movement’s 2011 statutory meetings in Geneva, the focus now shifts to putting words into action. [Learn more]
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  21. ICRC Policy Document on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment Inflicted on Persons Deprived of their Liberty
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    ICRC Policy Document on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment Inflicted on Persons Deprived of their Liberty

    This set of policy guidelines was adopted by the ICRC's Assembly Council on 9 June 2011. It strongly reflects the ICRC's conviction that torture and other forms of ill-treatment must be absolutely... [Learn more]
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  22. The Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949
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    The Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949

    Full text of the four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949. [Learn more]
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  23. Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) (leaflet)
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    Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) (leaflet)

    EHL is an education programme that introduces young people to the basic rules and principles of IHL and enables them to develop a “humanitarian” perspective. [Learn more]
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  24. Assistance for People Affected by Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence
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    Assistance for People Affected by Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence

    The ICRC's assistance work -- aims, basis for action, main activities and professions involved. [Learn more]
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  25. Towards Social Inclusion: Physical Rehabilitation Programme
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    Towards Social Inclusion: Physical Rehabilitation Programme

    This brochure promotes the ICRC's physical rehabilitation work, describing the benefits of these services for disabled people. [Learn more]
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  26. Medical Waste Management
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    Medical Waste Management

    The world is generating more waste and hospitals and health centres are no exception. [Learn more]
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  27. Study on the Use of the Emblems: Operational and Commercial and Other Non-Operational Issues
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    Study on the Use of the Emblems: Operational and Commercial and Other Non-Operational Issues

    Operational and commercial and other non-operational issues [Learn more]
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  28. 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. [Learn more]
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  29. Health Care in Danger: A Harsh Reality
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    Health Care in Danger: A Harsh Reality

    This brochure provides a brief overview of the stark reality of violence against health care. [Learn more]
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  30. The Mine Ban Convention: Progress and Challenges in the Second Decade
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    The Mine Ban Convention: Progress and Challenges in the Second Decade

    This publication provides an overview of the achievements and challenges of the Mine Ban Convention in its second decade of operation. [Learn more]
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  31. Technical Review: Practical Guidelines for Test Pumping in Water Wells
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    Technical Review: Practical Guidelines for Test Pumping in Water Wells

    The practical guidelines for test pumping presented in this publication reflect years of hands-on experience in borehole operation in both rural and urban settings, from Africa to the Middle East a... [Learn more]
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  32. Handbook of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
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    Handbook of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

    This important work contains all the texts that serve as a basis for the ICRC, the International Federation and national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. [Learn more]
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  33. Hotline: Assistance for Journalists on Dangerous Assignments
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    Hotline: Assistance for Journalists on Dangerous Assignments

    The ICRC operates a hotline enabling journalists, their families and the media organizations they work for to request assistance if they are wounded, detained or missing. [Learn more]
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  34. Health Care in Danger: Making the Case
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    Health Care in Danger: Making the Case

    This publication draws attention to one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues of today: violence against health care. [Learn more]
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  35. Health Care in Danger (posters)
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    Health Care in Danger (posters)

    These posters illustrate the tragic consequences of violence against health care. [Learn more]
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  36. Physiotherapy
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    Physiotherapy

    The "Physiotherapy" leaflet is a concise introduction to the work of the ICRC's physiotherapists. It explains the role these professionals play in physical rehabilitation and hospital projects, tog... [Learn more]
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  37. Movement Policy on Internal Displacement Resolution No. 5 of the 2009 Council of Delegates
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    Movement Policy on Internal Displacement Resolution No. 5 of the 2009 Council of Delegates

    The Movement Policy on Internal Displacement proposes 10 principles for addressing forced displacement. [Learn more]
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  38. The Montreux Document on Private Military and Security Companies
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    The Montreux Document on Private Military and Security Companies

    The Montreux Document is an intergovernmental document intended to promote respect for IHL and human rights law whenever private military and security companies are present in armed conflicts. [Learn more]
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  39. The Need to Know: Restoring Links between Dispersed Family Members
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    The Need to Know: Restoring Links between Dispersed Family Members

    This publication explains how the Family Links network operates and why its services are so important. [Learn more]
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  40. Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law
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    Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law

    The "Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law" aims to clarify the meaning and consequences of direct participation in hostili... [Learn more]
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  41. Newsletter: Family Links Network – October 2010
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    Newsletter: Family Links Network – October 2010

    This newsletter brings news of improvements to the Restoring Family Links network, which helps people who have lost touch with members of their families. [Learn more]
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  42. ICRC Strategy 2011-2014: Achieving Significant Results for People in Need
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    ICRC Strategy 2011-2014: Achieving Significant Results for People in Need

    The Institutional Strategy 2011-2014 will guide the work of the ICRC over the coming four years. [Learn more]
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  43. Restoring Family Links (poster)
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    Restoring Family Links (poster)

    The development of this poster is in line with a series of efforts to highlight the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's efforts to reconnect separated family members and to promote the new logo d... [Learn more]
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  44. The Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949
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    The Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949

    This volume contains the official texts of the two Protocols additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 adopted on 8 June 1977. [Learn more]
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  45. Action by the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Event of Violations of International Humanitarian Law or of Other Fundamental Rules Protecting Persons in Situations of Violence
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    Action by the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Event of Violations of International Humanitarian Law or of Other Fundamental Rules Protecting Persons in Situations of Violence

    The guidelines concerning ICRC action in the event of violations of international humanitarian law have recently been reviewed and supplemented to take account of various developments that have aff... [Learn more]
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  46. The Basics of International Humanitarian Law
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    The Basics of International Humanitarian Law

    An ideal first introduction to IHL. Simple and concise answers are given in this leaflet, including a brief overview of the ICRC's role as the "guardian" of IHL. [Learn more]
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  47. Inter-Agency Guiding Principles on Unaccompanied and Separated Children
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    Inter-Agency Guiding Principles on Unaccompanied and Separated Children

    This set of comprehensive guidelines outlines a framework and set of principles intended to ensure that the rights and needs of separated children are effectively addressed. [Learn more]
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  48. Cluster Munitions: Decades of Failure, Decades of Civilian Suffering
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    Cluster Munitions: Decades of Failure, Decades of Civilian Suffering

    These four fact sheets provide an overview of the cluster munitions problem, the challenges in clearing these weapons, the needs of victims, and the role of the RC and RC Movement in reduc... [Learn more]

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  49. The International Review of the Red Cross: French Selection 2009
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    The International Review of the Red Cross: French Selection 2009

    This issue is a collection of articles drown from the four issues of the International Review of the Red Cross of the year 2009. The themes are the following: displacement, typology of armed confli... [Learn more]
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  50. Addressing Internal Displacement in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Violence
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    Addressing Internal Displacement in Times of Armed Conflict and Other Violence

    At the end of 2016 there were more than 40 million internally displaced people worldwide. They suffer extreme hardship as displacement disrupts their lives and livelihoods and exposes them to a ... [Learn more]

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