International Committee of the Red Cross

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International Committee of the Red Cross

Partnering with local organizations makes us stronger

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 16:00:00 +0200

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Article | The scale of the challenges in the Middle East ravaged by conflict, socio-economic unrest, and most recently, COVID-19, led to the ICRC developing partnerships with a variety of actors in a bid to provide a comprehensive humanitarian response to affe

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Armenia/Azerbaijan: ICRC worried about safety of civilians and ready to act as neutral intermediary

Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0200

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News release | The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is concerned about the humanitarian impact of reported military activity along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has intensified since 12 July 2020.

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COVID-19 response in Kenya, Djibouti and Tanzania

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:45:00 +0200

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Article | Read the full report of our COVID-19 response in Kenya, Djibouti and Tanzania.

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Updated Commentary brings fresh insights on the continued relevance of Geneva Conventions for treatment of prisoners of war

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0200

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Article | On 16 June 2020, the ICRC hosted a webinar to launch the updated Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention.

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Nigeria operational update: helping vulnerable communities to adjust to the economic impact of COVID-19

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:45:00 +0200

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News release | In March 2020, the ICRC quickly adapted its operations in Nigeria to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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25 years after the sorrow of Srebrenica, 8,372 lives remembered

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0200

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Article | Remembering the nine ICRC employees killed in Srebrenica 25 years ago.

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ICRC report: Climate change and conflict are a cruel combo that stalk the world’s most vulnerable

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:30:00 +0200

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News release | ICRC report: Countries affected by conflict are also disproportionately impacted by climate change.

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Seven things you need to know about climate change and conflict

Thu, 09 Jul 2020 09:30:00 +0200

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Report | Here's how countries enduring conflict are disproportionately affected by climate change and climate variability.

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A conflict without borders continues to play out in the Sahel

Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0200

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News release | When the outbreak of COVID-19 led to a global ceasefire, the fighting in the Sahel region continued unabated.

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Sri Lankan students put IHL into practise at the prestigious Jean-Pictet competition

Wed, 08 Jul 2020 06:15:00 +0200

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Article | When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Amanda Halliday, Amra Ismail and Bhagya Samarakoon, from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo and Azra Basheer, Priyandima Perera, and Shehani Arachchige from the Open University of Sri Lanka faced a tough decisio

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The violence in Mali has spread into the Tillabéri area of Niger

Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:15:00 +0200

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Article | Fifty-five-year-old Fassouma Samsou is a widow and mother of five children. "To flee the violence, my family and I had to walk 50 kilometres with nothing to eat", she explains.

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COVID-19, violence and climate change: Lake Chad herders in distress

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0200

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Article | In Chad, nomadic herders have to face the combined effects of armed violence, COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

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COVID-19: ICRC backs preventive measures in Pesantren Gontor Islamic boarding school

Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC donated medical equipment to an Islamic boarding school in East Java, Indonesia, as part of the prevention measures against COVID-19.

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Burkina Faso: Anyone being held must be treated with humanity and dignity

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:45:00 +0200

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News release | The ICRC calls on all the security and defence forces, all armed groups, and volunteers involved in the fighting in Burkina Faso to show restraint.

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COVID-19: Medicines and virtual consultation ensure safety among diabetic patients in Pakistan

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 05:30:00 +0200

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Article | How the ICRC is helping diabetic patients in Pakistan by ensuring proper medication and virtual doctor consultations during COVID-19.

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Cyber attacks against medical facilities pose a real risk to humans – in times of pandemics, in times of conflict, at all times

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0200

Statement | The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is grateful for the opportunity to address the "Open-ended working group" during this informal virtual meeting.At the outset, the ICRC would like to express its appreciation for the Chair's work in

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Six essential lessons for a pandemic response in humanitarian settings

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:45:00 +0200

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Statement | Six essential lessons for a pandemic response in humanitarian settings.

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Photojournalism: Report on Mexican drug war and its humanitarian consequences wins ICRC’s Humanitarian Visa d’Or award

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:15:00 +0200

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Article | Humanitarian Visa d'Or 2020 awarded to Alfredo Bosco, an Italian photojournalist for report on Mexican drug war and its humanitarian consequences.

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Talking to community: Behavioural change in the age of COVID-19

Thu, 02 Jul 2020 06:45:00 +0200

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Article | From behavioural changes to initiating community dialogue, what leading a national-level response to COVID-19 in Sri Lanka taught a humanitarian.

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International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement statement on building an environment free from racism and discrimination

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:15:00 +0200

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Statement | Movement statement on ensuring an environment free from all discrimination and racism.

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COVID-19: Our response in Yemen

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:45:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC is working with the Yemen Red Crescent to improve the conditions of people in quarantine places during COVID-19 pandemic.

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Myanmar: ICRC strives to ensure ample COVID-19 response

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:30:00 +0200

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Article | Here's how the ICRC is working in Myanmar where the threat of COVID-19 is particularly acute for communities living in areas affected by armed conflict.

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Azerbaijan: Silk, honey and saffron soothe sting of life in times of COVID-19

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:45:00 +0200

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Article | How the ICRC has been helping farmers in Azerbaijan stay financially afloat while COVID-19 pandemic alters everything that was once considered ‘normal’.

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Draft principles on stakeholder interaction with families of missing migrants

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:30:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC Missing Persons Project, launched in 2018, is currently developing a set of guiding principles on interaction with families of missing migrants.

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Syria: As economic crisis bites, lack of humanitarian access costs lives every day

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:00:00 +0200

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News release | As the tenth anniversary of the Syria conflict approaches, millions of people are being pushed towards deeper poverty and hunger.

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Working together to safeguard dignity during COVID-19 burials

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 04:30:00 +0200

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Article | Many cultures and beliefs proscribe specific rules that aim at ensuring the dignity and respect of the dead, as well as for their living relatives.

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Supporting the future of Syria and the region - Brussels IV Conference, 30 June 2020

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:15:00 +0200

Statement | The ICRC urgently needs to step up our life-saving action across Syria, including in the Idlib pocket.

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Kuwait: High-Level Policy Dialogue explores COVID-19 humanitarian challenges

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:30:00 +0200

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News release | High-Level Policy Dialogue explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kuwait and the Middle East region.

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Kuwait: Third High-Level Policy Dialogue joint statement

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:30:00 +0200

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Statement | The ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, the ICRC and Kuwait Red Crescent Society participated in the third High-Level Policy Dialogue.

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Operational update on Syria: Maintaining vital support to the most vulnerable in times of COVID-19, while bracing for increased needs

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0200

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Article | With the conflict in its tenth year, Syria is facing COVID-19 pandemic with scarce resources. Countless families have been affected.

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Annual Report 2019

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:30:00 +0200

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Report | The Annual Report 2019 is an account of the field activities the ICRC conducted worldwide over the year.

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Indonesia: ICRC visits Ibnu Abbas Pesantren, an Islamic boarding school for girls

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 08:15:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC visited Ibnu Abbas Pesantren, an Islamic boarding school for girls, in Indonesia.

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COVID-19: Management of the dead from a Hinduism perspective

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 09:00:00 +0200

Article | Management of the dead, from a Hinduism perspective, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: Management of the dead from a Buddhist perspective

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 08:45:00 +0200

Article | Management of the dead, from a Buddhist perspective, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Maiduguri’s keke are spreading COVID-19 prevention messages

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 12:15:00 +0200

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Article | Keke drivers in Maiduguri, Nigeria, are spreading COVID-19 prevention messages throughout the city, even as the virus threatens their hard-won livelihoods.

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Cameroon: Navigating the distance created by COVID-19

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 11:15:00 +0200

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Article | A photographer highlights the impact which COVID-19 has had on the residents of a home for visually impaired people on the outskirts of Yaoundé, Cameroon.

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Humanity in a pandemic world: Young writers’ competition launched with new theme in Malaysia

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 06:15:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC, along with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, organized the Young Humanitarian Writers Competition 2020. This year's theme is the pandemic.

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Indonesia: Religious leaders reflect on their role during COVID-19

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:30:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC organized a webinar on Pandemic Wisdom: The Roles of Religious Leaders in Indonesia during COVID-19.

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Buddhist ethics and IHL: Seminar organized by ICRC and Smaratungga Buddhist College

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 05:45:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC and Smaratungga Buddhist College organized a one-day seminar on Buddhist ethics and IHL in Boyolali, Indonesia.

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Bangladesh: Cash grants help 6,000 families in Chattogram Hill Tracts

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 08:45:00 +0200

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Article | In Bangladesh, cash grants from the ICRC and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society help families in Chattogram Hill Tracts.

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Catalogue of publications and films in Arabic

Sun, 21 Jun 2020 11:45:00 +0200

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Publication | Catalogue presents a comprehensive list of publications and films available in Arabic.

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Humanitarian response to COVID-19 in Mozambique

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 09:30:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC is shifting its gears to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 and address the new needs of people affected by armed violence in Mozambique.

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For survivors of sexual violence: How to find help

Fri, 19 Jun 2020 05:45:00 +0200

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Article | Helpful resources and services for those who have experienced sexual violence.

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COVID-19: Achieving effective pandemic containment in Afghanistan’s largest prison

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:15:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC is providing aid to help combat the effects of COVID-19 in Afghanistan’s prisons, including the largest one – Pul-e-Charkhi Central Prison.

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South Sudan: Fears that hundreds more could die in renewed violence in Jonglei State

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0200

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News release | Hundreds more could die due to armed violence erupting again, causing death, injury, and displacement, in Jonglei State, South Sudan.

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COVID-19: How ICRC helps children affected by pandemic

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 05:15:00 +0200

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Article | COVID-19 is an education crisis for vulnerable children and youth impacted by armed conflicts, forced displacement, and protracted crises.

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HELP: Training course for managing relief operations in humanitarian crises

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +0200

Article | Health Emergencies in Large Populations is a multidisciplinary training course for managing humanitarian operations in disasters, conflicts and other crises.

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ICRC’s engagement with Buddhist circles in Myanmar

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0200

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Article | Scholar monks, nuns, and students from across Shan and other states exchanged their views with the ICRC on the synergies between Buddhism and IHL.

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Bangladesh: ICRC visits the Islamic Foundation

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:45:00 +0200

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Article | Islamic Foundation and ICRC have worked together on activities including research into Islamic Law and IHL, and first aid training sessions for imams.

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Afghanistan: Spike in violence against health care amid COVID-19 threatens millions

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 05:15:00 +0200

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News release | The recent rise in violence in Afghanistan, along with the outbreak of COVID-19, threatens to reduce access to health services for millions of Afghans.

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Webinar: Humanitarian action in the time of COVID-19

Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:15:00 +0200

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Video | Webinar discussing humanitarian action during COVID-19, and what the ICRC is doing in response to the world's most challenging conflicts.

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Operational update on Monguno attack: 16 civilians evacuated to Maiduguri for surgical care

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +0200

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News release | The attacks in Monguno and Nganzai in Nigeria's Borno State on Saturday are the latest example of the deadly toll the conflict has on civilians.

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We wanted to say thank you ♥

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:45:00 +0200

Video | Thanks to donations to our COVID-19 appeal, we were able to take immediate action to adapt our operations to the constantly changing situation.Find out more about our COVID-19 response here.

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Philippines: ICRC response to COVID-19 (May 2020 edition)

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 08:15:00 +0200

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Article | As COVID-19 cases grew in May, the ICRC's operational response focused on populations most at risk, such as detainees, displaced and vulnerable people.

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COVID-19: Talk show between ICRC and Keluarga Buddhayana

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:15:00 +0200

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Article | In Indonesia, the ICRC participated in a talk show with Keluarga Buddhayana to address queries within the Buddhist community during COVID-19.

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Invitation to bid for ICRC tender for RUTF & LNS-LQ (RUSF)

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0200

Article | The ICRC is performing an open procurement tender concerning frame agreement for Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) and Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement Large Quantity (LNS-LQ) / Ready to Use Supplementary Food (RUSF) valid for 1 year.Bidders who ar

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Belgrade: Response to COVID-19 in May 2020

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 06:45:00 +0200

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Article | In the Serbian region, the ICRC's response to COVID-19 pandemic includes supporting the communities, including migrants in migration centres.

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Belgrade: Initial response to COVID-19 in April 2020

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 06:00:00 +0200

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Article | In the Serbian region, the ICRC's initial response to COVID-19 pandemic includes supporting the communities, including migrants in migration centres.

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Stay informed about our work

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:30:00 +0200

Article | The International Committee of the Red Cross works around the world to help people who need it most. We are an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence.

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Jordan: ICRC supports preventive measures against COVID-19

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0200

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Article | In Jordan, the ICRC continues its humanitarian work amidst COVID-19 environment.

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Libya: COVID-19 erodes livelihoods already hard-hit by war

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:30:00 +0200

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Article | In Libya, more and more people are losing their livelihoods and income, and employees are often not receiving wages for months, due to COVID-19.

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Humanitarian effectiveness through new technology requires standards of control over data, data integrity and data availability

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:00:00 +0200

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Statement | Humanitarian effectiveness through new technology requires standards of control over data, data integrity and data availability.

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Somalia: Curbing the spread of COVID-19

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:15:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC and Somali Red Crescent Society have adapted their humanitarian operations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Halting the spread of COVID-19 in congested detention facilities

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 10:00:00 +0200

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Photo gallery | Many detention facilities around the world are overcrowded, making them extremely vulnerable to a rapid spread of COVID-19.

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Checklist: Domestic measures to implement the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 08:30:00 +0200

Publication | A checklist which provides domestic measures to implement the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

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Webinar: Religions, health issues and management of the dead with Alkhairaat University

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 06:15:00 +0200

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Article | A webinar on religions, health issues and management of the dead was conducted by the ICRC in collaboration with the University of Alkhairaat.

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Africa CDC and ICRC discuss COVID-19 prevention in places of detention

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 17:45:00 +0200

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Article | Africa Center for Disease and Prevention Control and ICRC organized a webinar to highlight importance of protecting health of persons in detention.

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Base policies on IHL and leave political controversies outside humanitarian concerns

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 16:15:00 +0200

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Statement | ICRC President Peter Maurer reiterates IHL is the only reasonable basis for consensus and to leave political controversies outside of humanitarian concerns.

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Sudan: Humanitarian aid flight brings medical and support staff to Khartoum

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 12:15:00 +0200

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News release | The ICRC and MSF's first joint humanitarian aid flight landed in Khartoum on 9 June 2020 at 10:50 am.

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Monthly Middle East and North Africa newsletter – June 2020: Our response to COVID-19

Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:45:00 +0200

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Report | Middle East and North Africa newsletter, June 2020: How the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

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African Union: ICRC’s response to COVID-19 in Africa

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 18:15:00 +0200

Article | Highlighting the ICRC's response to COVID-19 in the African Union.

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Ethiopia: ICRC, ERCS provide livelihood support for 25,500 returnees

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 16:45:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC, together with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, continues to provide assistance to farmers affected by ethnic violence in Ethiopia.

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Brazil and the Southern Cone countries: Report of the ICRC COVID-19 response

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:00:00 +0200

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Article | In light of the pandemic of COVID-19, the ICRC Regional Delegation adapted its modus operandi by incorporating new activities into its neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian work in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.We work with

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Brazil: ICRC supports efforts to protect and respect COVID-19 victims

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 15:15:00 +0200

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News release | With more than 32,000 fatalities due to COVID-19 in Brazil, we must properly manage the dead, ensuring dignity, protection and respect for families.

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Myanmar: Helping detainees reach home safely

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 07:45:00 +0200

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Article | In April 2020, the ICRC helped 2,184 people reach home safely and with dignity as part of our 'Safe Return Home' programme, in Myanmar.

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COVID-19: Emergency aid distributed in 24 Sri Lanka districts

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 06:30:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC, along with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, carried out emergency relief distribution drives in 24 districts, providing aid during COVID-19.

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Bangladesh: Reunited family experiences hope amid COVID-19 gloom

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 06:15:00 +0200

Photo gallery | In Bangladesh, a family is reunited amid the COVID-19 pandemic through the ICRC's Restoring Family Links programme.

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Restoring Family Links code of conduct on data protection

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:15:00 +0200

Article | A Restoring Family Links Code of Conduct on Data Protection was adopted in 2015 to guarantee right to privacy and protection of personal data.

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Uniting for a people's vaccine against COVID-19

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:15:00 +0200

News release | The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement call for unity to scale up efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Checklist: Domestic measures to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:45:00 +0200

Publication | A checklist providing guidance on domestic measures to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

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"Leaving Colombia got harder each time I did it."

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:15:00 +0200

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Article | An ICRC delegate from County Kildare, Ireland, reflects on her three missions in the South American country, Colombia.

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ICRC: Protect livelihoods during COVID-19 or risk a boom in aid-dependency

Wed, 03 Jun 2020 10:00:00 +0200

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News release | According to new survey, economic hardships brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic could foster a boom in aid-dependency in countries at conflict.

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the fight against COVID-19

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 20:45:00 +0200

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Video | Internationally acclaimed musician, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, is using her voice to fight COVID-19 misinformation.

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The ICRC data protection framework

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:00:00 +0200

Article | The ICRC rules on personal data protection were adopted in 2015, which affords individuals protection in accordance with international standards.

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High-level pledging conference for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +0200

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Article | Speech given by Peter Maurer, ICRC President, on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

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Limits on Autonomy in Weapon Systems

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:30:00 +0200

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Article | Limits on Autonomy in Weapon Systems: Identifying Practical Elements of Human Control.

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Monthly Middle East and North Africa newsletter – May 2020: Our response to COVID-19

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:15:00 +0200

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Report | Middle East and North Africa newsletter, May 2020: How people marked Ramadan amid ongoing conflict, seasonal diseases and worsening economic situation.

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COVID-19: Fighting conflict and coronavirus in Nigeria's Borno

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:15:00 +0200

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Photo gallery | COVID-19: In north-eastern Nigeria, the threat of coronavirus grows among displaced people, but the conflict continues.

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COVID-19: Global pandemic may increase stress exponentially

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:45:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC is concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic may increase stress exponentially. There are a number of people and communities who are particularly vulnerable to the psychological and psychosocial impact of the pandemic

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Facebook and Red Cross launch #AfricaTogether, a campaign calling for vigilance against COVID-19

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0200

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News release | Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are partnering to launch #AfricaTogether.

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International humanitarian law 101: IHL and COVID-19

Sun, 31 May 2020 20:15:00 +0200

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Video | A short video explaining the intersection between International Humanitarian Law and COVID-19.

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Jordan: For Abla, ICRC’s cash support has come at the right time

Sun, 31 May 2020 12:30:00 +0200

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Article | There are 720 refugee families in Jordan enrolled in the ICRC's cash transfer programme. The story of one such family we were able to help out.

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Somalia: Killing of health workers from rural clinic an appalling tragedy

Fri, 29 May 2020 17:00:00 +0200

News release | Somalia: The ICRC is deeply shocked by the killing of eight people in Gololey village in the Balcad district in Hirshabelle, Mogadishu.

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South Sudan: COVID-19 response in April 2020

Fri, 29 May 2020 16:15:00 +0200

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Photo gallery | As COVID-19 pandemic spreads to South Sudan, scale of its actual and potential impact on communities the ICRC serves has become increasingly evident.

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Papua New Guinea: ICRC supports Mount Hagen Hospital to better prepare for COVID-19 patients

Fri, 29 May 2020 03:30:00 +0200

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News release | The unit, which includes a delivery room, has a capacity to cater for 12 COVID-19 patients.

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COVID-19 crisis is becoming a protection crisis

Thu, 28 May 2020 21:30:00 +0200

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Statement | Remarks to event "Safeguarding Civilians in a Pandemic" hosted by the International Peace Institute during 2020 UN Protection of Civilians Week.

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Online community for national committees and similar entities on IHL

Thu, 28 May 2020 16:00:00 +0200

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Article | About the online community for national committees and similar entities on IHL.

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The ICRC Data Protection Commission

Thu, 28 May 2020 13:45:00 +0200

Article | The ICRC Data Protection Commission is responsible for checking the compliance of the organization’s processing of personal data

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COVID-19 appeal: None of us are safe until we're all safe

Thu, 28 May 2020 13:00:00 +0200

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Article | The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement made a collective appeal for 3.1 billion Swiss francs to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

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