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  1. Humanity in war: frontline photography since 1860
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    Humanity in war: frontline photography since 1860

    In this new book, the ICRC traces the history of war and its humanitarian consequences from the American Civil War to modern-day conflicts with striking images. [Learn more]
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  2. Règles pour le comportement au combat
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    Règles pour le comportement au combat

    Le combattant, souvent confronté à des situations imprévisibles, doit adapter son comportement aux règles du droit international humanitaire. Ces opuscules lui sont spécialement destinés. [Learn more]
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  3. A Memory of Solferino
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    A Memory of Solferino

    This is the book that prompted the creation of what is now a worldwide movement with millions of members and made the name of Henry Dunant known everywhere. The account has moved many people and st... [Learn more]
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  4. Essentials of the Law of War
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    Essentials of the Law of War

    This brochure intended for officers contains a summary of the rules of conduct in action and a programme for military instruction. [Learn more]
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  5. Basic Rules of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols
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    Basic Rules of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols

    The author, Jean de Preux, comments briefly on the main provisions of the Conventions and their Additional Protocols, brings out their meaning and specifies the relevant articles. [Learn more]
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  6. The Red Cross Wound Classification
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    The Red Cross Wound Classification

    The Red Cross wound classification system describes and lists various features of wounds, giving a numerical value to each feature, to help civilian surgeons prepare for war surgery. [Learn more]
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  7. Amputation for War Wounds
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    Amputation for War Wounds

    This review of amputation techniques is intended to pass on its experience to all people providing medical care for war victims.

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  8. Dictionary of the International Law of Armed Conflict
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    Dictionary of the International Law of Armed Conflict

    This dictionary presents the most important terms and concepts from two branches of international law: jus ad bellum and jus in bello. [Learn more]
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  9. War Wounds: Basic Surgical Management – The Principles and Practice of the Surgical Management of Wounds Produced by Missiles or Explosions
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    War Wounds: Basic Surgical Management – The Principles and Practice of the Surgical Management of Wounds Produced by Missiles or Explosions

    This book is intended to help doctors, whether military or civilian, who have to deal with war wounds. [Learn more]
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  10. War and Public Health: A Handbook
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    War and Public Health: A Handbook

    A manual intended for medical and other personnel responsible for humanitarian activities in armed conflicts. [Learn more]
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  11. War Wounds with Fractures: A Guide to Surgical Management
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    War Wounds with Fractures: A Guide to Surgical Management

    This publication addresses the management of war wounds by non-specialist surgeons in situations where resources and expertise are limited. [Learn more]
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  12. Anti-Personnel Landmines: Friend or Foe? A Study of the Military Use and Effectiveness of Anti-Personnel Mines
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    Anti-Personnel Landmines: Friend or Foe? A Study of the Military Use and Effectiveness of Anti-Personnel Mines

    This study examines the military case for continued use of anti-personnel landmines. [Learn more]
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  13. Surgery for Victims of War
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    Surgery for Victims of War

    This handbook summarizes the experience of leading practitioners in the field of war surgery and is intended to help military and civilian surgical teams treat people wounded in armed conflicts. [Learn more]
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  14. The People on War report: ICRC Worldwide Consultation on the Rules of War
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    The People on War report: ICRC Worldwide Consultation on the Rules of War

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions on 12 August 1999, the ICRC launched the "People on War" project, a worldwide consultation on the rules to limit violence in warfare. [Learn more]
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  15. H.E.L.P. Public Health Course in the Management of Humanitarian Aid
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    H.E.L.P. Public Health Course in the Management of Humanitarian Aid

    Public health tools used in the analysis and implementation of emergency health programmes. [Learn more]
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  16. Punishing Violations of International Humanitarian Law at the National Level: A Guide for Common Law States
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    Punishing Violations of International Humanitarian Law at the National Level: A Guide for Common Law States

    The ICRC guide "Punishing Violations of International Humanitarian Law at the National Level" is intended as a practical reference work for lawmakers and others in common law States. [Learn more]
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  17. Strengthening Protection in War: A Search for Professional Standards
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    Strengthening Protection in War: A Search for Professional Standards

    This volume presents the results of workshops on protecting civilians in armed conflict and situations of internal violence (including contributions by over 100 professionals from 50 different orga... [Learn more]
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  18. Humanitarian Action and Armed Conflict: Coping with Stress
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    Humanitarian Action and Armed Conflict: Coping with Stress

    This brochure is intended for ICRC staff and humanitarian professionals working in conflict zones or other emergency situations. [Learn more]
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  19. Restoring Family Links: A Guide for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
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    Restoring Family Links: A Guide for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

    Intended for National Societies, this guide promotes a common approach of the Movement to restoring family links broken by conflict, natural disaster or other humanitarian crises. [Learn more]
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  20. Constraints on the Waging of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
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    Constraints on the Waging of War: An Introduction to International Humanitarian Law

    This fully revised fourth edition of "Constraints on the Waging of War" considers the development of the principal rules of international humanitarian law from their origins to the present day. [Learn more]
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  21. Women Facing War
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    Women Facing War

    This ICRC study is an extensive reference document on the impact of armed conflict on the lives of women. [Learn more]
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  22. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Protection of War Victims
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    The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Protection of War Victims

    How the ICRC is constituted, what tasks are assigned to it and what principles guide its work – these are some of the questions which the author, F. Bugnion, seeks to answer, examining the ICRC bot... [Learn more]
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  23. The Missing
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    The Missing

    This brochure outlines the various situations that can lead to people becoming unaccounted for. [Learn more]
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  24. The Roots of Behaviour in War: Understanding and Preventing IHL Violations
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    The Roots of Behaviour in War: Understanding and Preventing IHL Violations

    Intended to challenge many pre-conceived ideas about the factors that influence the behaviour of combatants, the study examines the various strategies that the ICRC pursues, to ensure that humanita... [Learn more]
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  25. The Roots of Behaviour in War: A Survey of the Literature
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    The Roots of Behaviour in War: A Survey of the Literature

    Through this bibliographical overview of the historical, sociological and psychological investigations used in the study, we learn of the origins of the need for limits in war. [Learn more]
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  26. Addressing the Needs of Women Affected by Armed Conflict: An ICRC Guidance Document
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    Addressing the Needs of Women Affected by Armed Conflict: An ICRC Guidance Document

    Aimed at staff concerned with the planning and implementation of humanitarian programmes, this document is intended as a means of sharing ICRC's experience with other organisations. [Learn more]
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  27. The Missing and their Families: Documents of Reference
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    The Missing and their Families: Documents of Reference

    This publication contains the key documents of the International Conference of Governmental and Non-Governmental Experts and the 28th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent both... [Learn more]
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  28. Operational Best Practices regarding the Management of Human Remains and Information on the Dead by Non-Specialists
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    Operational Best Practices regarding the Management of Human Remains and Information on the Dead by Non-Specialists

    Compilation of all recommendations and best practices relating to the proper handling of the remains of those who die in direct or indirect relation to an armed conflict or internal violence, for i... [Learn more]
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  29. Antenatal Guidelines for Primary Health Care in Crisis Conditions
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    Antenatal Guidelines for Primary Health Care in Crisis Conditions

    These antenatal guidelines for primary health care in crisis conditions provide field staff with basic practical information they need to run an antenatal clinic in situations that may vary greatly... [Learn more]
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  30. Hospitals for War-Wounded: A Practical Guide for Setting Up and Running a Surgical Hospital in an Area of Armed Conflict
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    Hospitals for War-Wounded: A Practical Guide for Setting Up and Running a Surgical Hospital in an Area of Armed Conflict

    This book is based on the ICRC's experience in running independent hospitals and is intended for anyone faced with the task of setting up or running a hospital for war casualties. [Learn more]
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  31. Rules of International Humanitarian Law and Other Rules Relating to the Conduct of Hostilities
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    Rules of International Humanitarian Law and Other Rules Relating to the Conduct of Hostilities

    This publication has been updated and slightly restructured and now includes a number of treaties that have been adopted since its last update in 1996. [Learn more]
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  32. Targeting the Weapons: Reducing the Human Cost of Unregulated Arms Availability
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    Targeting the Weapons: Reducing the Human Cost of Unregulated Arms Availability

    The increased risk that civilians face due to the current inadequate controls on arms availability, combined with the frequent use of weapons in violation of IHL. Red Cross and Red Crescent Movemen... [Learn more]
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  33. Staying Alive: Safety and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Volunteers in Conflict Areas
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    Staying Alive: Safety and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Volunteers in Conflict Areas

    Expert practical advice on security in situations of armed conflict [Learn more]
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  34. Mobile Health Units: Methodological Approach
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    Mobile Health Units: Methodological Approach

    The ICRC has been deploying mobile health units (MHUs) in certain operational contexts. MHUs form part of a strategy involving the provision of occasional ambulatory health services. [Learn more]
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  35. Primary Health-Care Services: Primary Level
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    Primary Health-Care Services: Primary Level

    In health emergencies as in periods of stability, restoring access to primary health-care services is a priority in so far as many problems can be dealt with by means of preventive care and convent... [Learn more]
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  36. Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects
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    Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects

    This publication contains the text of the Convention, its Protocols and the amendments adopted through 28 November 2003. [Learn more]
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  37. Business and International Humanitarian Law: An Introduction to the Rights and Obligations of Business Enterprises under International Humanitarian Law
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    Business and International Humanitarian Law: An Introduction to the Rights and Obligations of Business Enterprises under International Humanitarian Law

    The globilization of market economies offers new opportunities for business enterprises and they also give rise to risks. [Learn more]
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  38. Support for Life: Physical Rehabilitation Programme
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    Support for Life: Physical Rehabilitation Programme

    A brochure and DVD-Rom combination, this product has been created to mark the 25th anniversary of the ICRC's physical rehabilitation programme. [Learn more]
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  39. Legal Measures and Mechanisms to Prevent Disappearances, to Establish the Fate of Missing Persons, and to Assist their Families
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    Legal Measures and Mechanisms to Prevent Disappearances, to Establish the Fate of Missing Persons, and to Assist their Families

    Report of the Second Universal Meeting of National Committees on International Humanitarian Law, March 19-21 2007. [Learn more]
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  40. Distinction: Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict
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    Distinction: Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict

    A concise overview of the requirements of all parties to an armed conflict to distinguish between civilians and combatants, civilian objects and military targets. [Learn more]
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  41. Expert Meeting: Humanitarian, Military, Technical and Legal Challenges of Cluster Munitions
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    Expert Meeting: Humanitarian, Military, Technical and Legal Challenges of Cluster Munitions

    Summary report of the ICRC Expert Meeting on the Humanitarian, Military, Technical and Legal Challenges of Cluster Munitions, 2007. [Learn more]
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  42. Integrating the Law
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    Integrating the Law

    This booklet draws together the lessons learned by the ICRC over the past few decades and aims to provide authorities and the most senior personnel among arms carriers with an overview of what we h... [Learn more]
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  43. Missing Persons: A Hidden Tragedy
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    Missing Persons: A Hidden Tragedy

    People have gone missing as long as men have been fighting wars. The plight of people missing in armed conflict and the suffering of their families has been a consistent concern to the ICRC. [Learn more]
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  44. The International Prisoners-of-War Agency: The ICRC in World War One
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    The International Prisoners-of-War Agency: The ICRC in World War One

    The ICRC established the International Prisoners of War Agency in Geneva on 21 August 1914. Its role was to restore contact between people separated by war and recruit volunteers. [Learn more]
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  45. Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Crystal
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    Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Crystal

    The aim of this article is to recount the history of the emblem issue and to outline the strategy and steps followed in solving a problem that had remained pending for far too long. [Learn more]
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  46. Cooperation with National Societies
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    Cooperation with National Societies

    How do the different components of such a large network work together to acheive this? [Learn more]
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  47. The Story of an Idea: A Comic by Moebius
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    The Story of an Idea: A Comic by Moebius

    The story of an idea is an exciting publication that brings to life the story of the birth of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement and its history. This comic strip was created by the renowned artis... [Learn more]
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  48. Increasing Respect for International Humanitarian Law in Non-International Armed Conflicts
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    Increasing Respect for International Humanitarian Law in Non-International Armed Conflicts

    The most widely prevalent type of armed conflict today is non-international, which involves organized non-State armed groups and government forces. [Learn more]
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  49. A Guide to the Legal Review of New Weapons, Means and Methods of Warfare
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    A Guide to the Legal Review of New Weapons, Means and Methods of Warfare

    Measures to Implement Article 36 of Additional Protocol I of 1977 [Learn more]
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  50. Nutrition Manual for Humanitarian Action
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    Nutrition Manual for Humanitarian Action

    This manual is an important tool for all humanitarian workers involved in the field of nutrition. [Learn more]
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