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  1. Safer Access in my Daily Work
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    Safer Access in my Daily Work

    The Safer Access brochure is intended for National Society staff and volunteers. It contains practical information, set out in a concise and visual form, on what contribution every individual ca... [Learn more]

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  2. Security Survey for Health Facilities
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    Security Survey for Health Facilities

    Strengthening the security and preparedness of health-care facilities to withstand violence and attacks is key to ensuring people continue to have access to health care in conflict, or other eme... [Learn more]

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  3. Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
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    Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

    War and violence destroy communities and countries all over the world, and have a devastating impact on the mental health of millions of people. 

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  4. Understanding the Arms Trade Treaty from a Humanitarian Perspective
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    Understanding the Arms Trade Treaty from a Humanitarian Perspective

    This publication provides an overview of the Arms Trade Treaty’s background, its object and purpose and its main requirements. 

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  5. Arms Transfer Decisions: Applying International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law Criteria ‒ a Practical Guide
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    Arms Transfer Decisions: Applying International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law Criteria ‒ a Practical Guide

    The ICRC’s Arms Transfer Decisions: Applying International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law Criteria ‒ a Practical Guide aims to assist States and concerned organization... [Learn more]

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  6. Missing Migrants and their Families - The ICRC's Recommendations to Policy-Makers
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    Missing Migrants and their Families - The ICRC's Recommendations to Policy-Makers

    This policy paper outlines key recommendations for policy-makers on ways to prevent migrants from going missing and, when they do, how to respond to the problem.

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  7. ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection
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    ICRC Rules on Personal Data Protection

    Safeguarding the personal data of individuals, particularly in testing conditions, such as armed conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies, is an essential aspect of protecting people’s lives, t... [Learn more]
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  8. Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action
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    Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action

    This Handbook was published as part of the Brussels Privacy Hub and ICRC’s Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project. It is aimed at the staff of humanitarian organizations involved i... [Learn more]

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  9. 40th Anniversary of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions
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    40th Anniversary of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions

    This short report describes the impact that the Additional Protocols have had on norms, how they have shaped the practice of parties to conflict and why they remain relevant today, 40 years afte... [Learn more]

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  10. Acquiring and Analysing Data in Support of Evidence-based Decisions: A Guide for Humanitarian Work 
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    Acquiring and Analysing Data in Support of Evidence-based Decisions: A Guide for Humanitarian Work 

    Gathering and analysing data – to study the consequences of crises and carry out activities in response – is an essential element of humanitarian work. It helps to ensure the relevan... [Learn more]

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  11. I saw my city die: Voices from the front lines of urban conflict in Iraq, Syria and Yemen
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    I saw my city die: Voices from the front lines of urban conflict in Iraq, Syria and Yemen

    Urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen are amongst the deadliest conflicts of our time. People’s homes, their doorsteps, their streets, their schools and their hospitals are all part of the b... [Learn more]

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  12. The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Treaty to End Decades of Civilian Suffering
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    The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Treaty to End Decades of Civilian Suffering

    This brochure provides an overview of the cluster munitions problem, the main provisions of the Convention and the steps required to meet its commitments. [Learn more]
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  13. Tackling Weapon Contamination
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    Tackling Weapon Contamination

    Even after a conflict ends, landmines and other explosive remnants of war continue to kill and maim, block access to essential services and hinder reconciliation processes. This deadly problem h... [Learn more]

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  14. Humanity in Action - Annual Review 2016
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    Humanity in Action - Annual Review 2016

    The annual review describes how we helped and protected victims of armed conflict and other violence last year.

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  15. Time to Act: Stopping Violence, Safeguarding Health Care
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    Time to Act: Stopping Violence, Safeguarding Health Care

    What can we do to prevent attacks against patients, health workers, hospitals and ambulances?

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  16. Customary International Humanitarian Law Database (flyer)
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    Customary International Humanitarian Law Database (flyer)

    The purpose of this flyer is to promote the ICRC's customary international humanitarian law (IHL) study and online database, where the full content of the study and regular practice updates are ... [Learn more]

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  17. Sexual Violence in Detention
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    Sexual Violence in Detention

    In this document, the ICRC examines sexual violence specifically in relation to people deprived of their liberty.

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  18. International Humanitarian Law - Handbook for Parliamentarians
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    International Humanitarian Law - Handbook for Parliamentarians

    This handbook is designed to familiarize parliamentarians with international humanitarian law and to heighten their awareness of the key role they can play in promoting its implementation, especial... [Learn more]
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  19. Translating the Kampala Convention into Practice
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    Translating the Kampala Convention into Practice

    Millions of people have been displaced within their own countries by armed conflict or violence. Addressing their needs and providing durable solutions to their plight is the primary responsibil... [Learn more]

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  20. Protracted Conflict and Humanitarian Action: Some Recent ICRC Experiences
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    Protracted Conflict and Humanitarian Action: Some Recent ICRC Experiences

    Protracted conflicts are a major cause of human suffering and can lead to long-term displacement, migration and development reversals. [Learn more]
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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