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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. ICRC Prevention Policy
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    ICRC Prevention Policy

    This publication offers practical guidelines for carrying out prevention work. It discusses approaches, principles, criteria and strategic considerations regarding prevention activities, as well as... [Learn more]
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  22. Weapon Contamination
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    Weapon Contamination

    The brochure summarizes the problem of weapon contamination and describes how the ICRC acts to protect civilians from the effects of weapon contamination. Topics include clearance, risk education a... [Learn more]
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  23. ICRC Survey: Our World, Views from the Field – Summary Report
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    ICRC Survey: Our World, Views from the Field – Summary Report

    To raise awareness of the impact of armed conflict or other situations of armed violence on civilians, in 2009 the ICRC launched a vast research programme in eight of the most troubled countries in... [Learn more]
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  24. Water and War: ICRC Response
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    Water and War: ICRC Response

    Water and sanitation in conflict-affected countries where the ICRC works. [Learn more]
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  25. Missing Persons: A Handbook for Parliamentarians
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    Missing Persons: A Handbook for Parliamentarians

    This manual, elaborated jointly by the Inter-parliamentary Union and the ICRC, offers a comprehensive legal framework designed to help States and national authorities to adopt or improve their legi... [Learn more]
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  26. Internal Displacement in Armed Conflict: Facing Up to the Challenges
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    Internal Displacement in Armed Conflict: Facing Up to the Challenges

    This ICRC report highlights the reasons people are forced to flee, the risks they face and how they cope. [Learn more]
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  27. The ICRC: Its Mission and Work
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    The ICRC: Its Mission and Work

    This brochure begins by stating the ICRC's mission, then describes the organization itself and discusses its identity, legal foundations and scope of action. [Learn more]
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  28. Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL): Guidelines for Experimentation and Evaluation
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    Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL): Guidelines for Experimentation and Evaluation

    This document gives guidance to educational authorities on the implementation and assessment of the EHL programme. [Learn more]
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  29. Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Guide: A Legal Manual for EHL Teachers
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    Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Guide: A Legal Manual for EHL Teachers

    Organized in a question and answer format, the Guide offers teachers and other interested parties concise information on specific IHL issues. [Learn more]
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  30. Restoring Family Links Strategy
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    Restoring Family Links Strategy

    A 10-year strategy to improve the services provided by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in meeting the needs of people separated from their families. Includes relevant legal re... [Learn more]
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  31. Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction
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    Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction

    This booklet contains the text of the Convention. It is intended to promote understanding of the Convention's rules and to facilitate its ratification and implementation by governments. [Learn more]
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  32. HIV/AIDS Field Guide: A Planning and Practice Guide to Integrating HIV/AIDS into the ICRC's Health Work
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    HIV/AIDS Field Guide: A Planning and Practice Guide to Integrating HIV/AIDS into the ICRC's Health Work

    This field guide provides guidance and decision making tools to help decide what to do amongst specific populations in a given context. [Learn more]
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  33. Exercises for Lower-Limb Amputees: Gait Training
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    Exercises for Lower-Limb Amputees: Gait Training

    Examples of basic post-prosthetic exercises for use by physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, orthoprosthetists and others involved in the gait training of lower-limb amputees. [Learn more]
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  34. Convention on Cluster Munitions
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    Convention on Cluster Munitions

    This booklet contains the text of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. It is intended to promote understanding of the Convention's rules and to facilitate its ratification and implementation. [Learn more]
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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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