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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Red Cross Red Crescent: The face of humanity (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: The face of humanity (magazine)

    Covered head-to-toe in protective clothing, volunteers on the front lines of the fight against the Ebola virus disease represent the best hope for those suffering from this lethal disease. [Learn more]
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  13. Strengthening International Humanitarian Law Protecting Persons Deprived of their Liberty: Thematic Consultation of Government Experts on Conditions of Detention and Particularly Vulnerable Detainees
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    Strengthening International Humanitarian Law Protecting Persons Deprived of their Liberty: Thematic Consultation of Government Experts on Conditions of Detention and Particularly Vulnerable Detainees

    This report provides an account of the January 2014 thematic consultation of government experts on conditions of detention and particularly vulnerable detainees. [Learn more]
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  14. International Humanitarian Law: Answers to your Questions
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    International Humanitarian Law: Answers to your Questions

    This booklet is an ideal introduction to international humanitarian law. It has been fully revised, and is accessible to all readers interested in the origins, development and modern-day applicatio... [Learn more]
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  15. Promoting Military Operational Practice That Ensures Safe Access to and Delivery of Health Care
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    Promoting Military Operational Practice That Ensures Safe Access to and Delivery of Health Care

    This report is the result of a broad consultation process with military personnel around the world. [Learn more]
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  16. Living with Absence: Helping the Families of the Missing
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    Living with Absence: Helping the Families of the Missing

    Many people go missing as a result of conflict, natural and man-made disasters, other humanitarian crises, and migration. As if their pain was not enough, family members of the missing are often pl... [Learn more]
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  17. Violence and the Use of Force
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    Violence and the Use of Force

    This booklet provides a summary of three different legal situations: armed conflict, situations other than armed conflict, and peace support operations. [Learn more]
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  18. Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups
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    Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups

    Children associated with armed forces or groups often see, suffer and perpetrate atrocities. Both the brochure and the ICRC's work with children affected by conflict and violence emphasize children... [Learn more]
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  19. Rapid Assessment for Markets: Guidelines for an Initial Emergency Market Assessment
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    Rapid Assessment for Markets: Guidelines for an Initial Emergency Market Assessment

    In today’s world, people’s livelihoods depend to a significant extent on markets. Sudden shocks can severely limit how markets function and, as a result, drastically reduce people’s access to essen... [Learn more]
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  20. Physical Rehabilitation Programme: Annual Report 2013
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    Physical Rehabilitation Programme: Annual Report 2013

    Physical rehabilitation is an important part of the rehabilitation process. It is not an objective in itself but an essential part of fully integrating people with disabilities in society. [Learn more]
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  21. Children and Detention
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    Children and Detention

    Detention for adults can be stressful and dangerous. For children, it can be even worse. This booklet explains the hardships that children face when they or their relatives are held in detention. [Learn more]
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  22. Safer Access: A Guide for All National Societies (includes 3 case studies)
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    Safer Access: A Guide for All National Societies (includes 3 case studies)

    This guide is designed to support National Societies in fulfilling their humanitarian mandate and roles, particularly when working in sensitive and insecure contexts including armed conflict, inter... [Learn more]
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  23. Business Skills: Training Course for Beneficiaries of Microeconomic Initiatives
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    Business Skills: Training Course for Beneficiaries of Microeconomic Initiatives

    Since 2001, the ICRC has been implementing microeconomic initiatives (MEIs) for vulnerable populations in dozens of countries around the world. The beneficiaries of these programmes typically have ... [Learn more]
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  24. Minutes from Meetings of the International Prisoner-of-War Agency, 21 August 1914 to 11 November 1918
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    Minutes from Meetings of the International Prisoner-of-War Agency, 21 August 1914 to 11 November 1918

    The annotated version of these minutes opens up the operations of the ICRC's International Prisoner-of-War Agency for the first time. [Learn more]
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  25. Red Cross Red Crescent: Lost in migration (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: Lost in migration (magazine)

    One hundred years after the establishment of the Central Tracing Agency and the International Prisoners-of-War Agency, the complex issue of migration offers new challenges for the Movement’s Restor... [Learn more]
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  26. New technologies and warfare, IRRC No. 886
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    New technologies and warfare, IRRC No. 886

    Recent scientific and technical progress has given rise to unprecedented means and methods of warfare. Technologies that only yesterday were in the realm of science fiction have the potential to ca... [Learn more]
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  27. ICRC Strategy 2015-2018
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    ICRC Strategy 2015-2018

    The ICRC's Institutional Strategy is an ambitious four year plan that reaffirms ICRC's commitment to improving the protection afforded to people caught up in armed conflict and other situations of ... [Learn more]
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  28. Resolutions of the 2013 Council of Delegates
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    Resolutions of the 2013 Council of Delegates

    The official record of the Resolutions adopted at the 2013 Council of Delegates, in Sydney (Australia) [Learn more]
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  29. Health Care in Detention (posters)
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    Health Care in Detention (posters)

    The posters cover medical confidentiality, treating detainees first and foremost as patients, providing health care on the basis of need, and treating detainees without discrimination. [Learn more]
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  30. Ambulance and Pre-Hospital Services in Risk Situations
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    Ambulance and Pre-Hospital Services in Risk Situations

    This report sets out ways to make pre-hospital care and ambulance services operating in areas of armed violence safer. This report summarizes field experience in over 20 countries. [Learn more]
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  31. Business, violence and conflict IRRC No. 887
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    Business, violence and conflict IRRC No. 887

    Businesses can have both positive and negative effects on communities in conflict-affected or high-risk areas. They may contribute to the violence, but they may also be the victims of it, ... [Learn more]

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  32. ICRC: 150 years of humanitarian action - IRRC No. 888
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    ICRC: 150 years of humanitarian action - IRRC No. 888

    In 2013, the 150th anniversary of the ICRC provides an opportunity to reflect on 150 years of humanitarian action and current challenges. 

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  33. Violence against health care - IRRC No. 889
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    Violence against health care - IRRC No. 889

    Patients and health-care personnel alike face extraordinary risks in today's armed conflicts and other emergencies.

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  34. Multinational operations and the law - IRRC No 891/892
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    Multinational operations and the law - IRRC No 891/892

    Multilateral operations - most commonly peacekeeping operations under UN command and control, via regional organizations, or some combination of the two - have traditionally focused on mon... [Learn more]

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  35. Sexual violence in armed conflict, Vol. 96, no. 894
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    Sexual violence in armed conflict, Vol. 96, no. 894

    Sexual violence has been, and to a large extent continues to be, shrouded in silence. However, the dynamics behind it, including its prevalence and horrific toll on individuals and societi... [Learn more]

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  36. Red Cross Red Crescent: Programmed for war (magazine)
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    Red Cross Red Crescent: Programmed for war (magazine)

    From microscopic weapons to fully automated robotic fighting machines, the technology of warfare is changing rapidly. [Learn more]
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  37. International Humanitarian Law Bibliography, 2013 Edition
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    International Humanitarian Law Bibliography, 2013 Edition

    A compilation of the four quarterly IHL bibliographies issued by the ICRC Library during 2013. [Learn more]
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  38. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response: Introductory Guidance
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    Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response: Introductory Guidance

    The ICRC might be required to undertake activities in locations where there is the potential for intentional or unintentional release of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) agents. [Learn more]
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  39. Protect Health Care: Respect for Red Cross Volunteers (poster)
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    Protect Health Care: Respect for Red Cross Volunteers (poster)

    A young man that survived because both police and protesters gave access to Red Cross volunteers during a riot – this is one of the stories told by the new set of five Health Care in Danger posters. [Learn more]
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  40. Protect Health Care: Fast-Tracking of Ambulances (poster)
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    Protect Health Care: Fast-Tracking of Ambulances (poster)

    A child that survived because the ambulance he was being transported in was fast-tracked at a military checkpoint – this is one of the stories told by the new set of five Health Care in Danger post... [Learn more]
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  41. Protect Health Care: Medical Ethics (poster)
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    Protect Health Care: Medical Ethics (poster)

    A woman and a baby that survived because health-care workers provided impartial treatment – this is one of the stories told by the new set of five Health Care in Danger posters. [Learn more]
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  42. Protect Health Care: Spared Hospital (poster)
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    Protect Health Care: Spared Hospital (poster)

    A patient that survived because a hospital was spared by fighters – this is one of the stories told by the new set of five Health Care in Danger posters. [Learn more]
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  43. Protect Health Care: Respect for Red Crescent Volunteers (poster)
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    Protect Health Care: Respect for Red Crescent Volunteers (poster)

    A young man that survived because both police and protesters gave access to Red Crescent volunteers in a riot – this is one of the stories told by the new set of five Health Care in Danger posters. [Learn more]
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  44. Are You Looking for a Family Member? familylinks.icrc.org Can Help You
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    Are You Looking for a Family Member? familylinks.icrc.org Can Help You

    This leaflet highlights the familylinks.icrc.org website, intended for people who have been separated from their family members by armed conflicts, natural disasters or migration. [Learn more]
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  45. Restoring Links between Dispersed Family Members
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    Restoring Links between Dispersed Family Members

    This leaflet provides a concise summary of the problem of families split up by war or disasters and a description of the methods to restore family links, reunite separated families and ascertain th... [Learn more]
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  46. The International Review of the Red Cross: French Selection 2012/1 – Occupation
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    The International Review of the Red Cross: French Selection 2012/1 – Occupation

    The Review asked experts on matters related to occupation to offer their perspective, whether historical, military, or legal, in order to explore six key questions. [Learn more]
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  47. Health Care in Danger: Violent Incidents Affecting the Delivery of Health Care, January 2012 to December 2013
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    Health Care in Danger: Violent Incidents Affecting the Delivery of Health Care, January 2012 to December 2013

    From January 2012 to December 2013, ICRC documented 1,809 incidents of assaults or threats against patients, health-care personnel, ambulances or medical facilities. [Learn more]
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  48. To Serve and to Protect: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for Police and Security Forces
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    To Serve and to Protect: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for Police and Security Forces

    By engaging in dialogue with police and security forces about the law and their operations, the ICRC supports their efforts to incorporate the rules and standards of international law into their pr... [Learn more]
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  49. Safer Access Practical Resource Pack (flyer)
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    Safer Access Practical Resource Pack (flyer)

    The Safer Access practical resource pack flyer highlights the purpose, benefit and contents of the pack. [Learn more]
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  50. International Rules and Standards for Policing
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    International Rules and Standards for Policing

    This brochure intended for audiences involved in law-enforcement functions addresses the principles and rules of human rights and humanitarian law relevant to professional law enforcement in democr... [Learn more]
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