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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Respect for International Humanitarian Law
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    Respect for International Humanitarian Law

    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  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. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. The International Review of the Red Cross: French Selection 2012/2 – Guerre et Nouvelles Technologies
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    The International Review of the Red Cross: French Selection 2012/2 – Guerre et Nouvelles Technologies

    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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  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. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. Handbook on International Rules Governing Military Operations
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    Handbook on International Rules Governing Military Operations

    In this increasingly complex environment, it is imperative that militaries incorporate IHL and the relevant human rights law into the planning and execution processes of military operations. . [Learn more]
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