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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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