International Committee of the Red Cross

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International Committee of the Red Cross

Violence against health workers must cease to help contain Covid-19 emergency

Sun, 09 Aug 2020 09:30:00 +0200

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News release | Baghdad – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores violence and acts of intimidation against health workers and urges respect for all medical personnel, vehicles, and structures at this critical moment for the Iraqi health syste

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Nigeria commits to a global nuclear ban

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:15:00 +0200

News release | Abuja (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcomes Nigeria's commitment to contribute to a global ban on nuclear weapons by ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 06 August 2020.

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Viet Nam: People with disabilities rocked by impact of COVID-19

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:15:00 +0200

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Article | In Viet Nam, people with disabilities are struggling to find appropriate health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HELP: Training course for managing relief operations in humanitarian crises

Thu, 06 Aug 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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Beirut: Emergency medical supplies delivered to 12 hospitals

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:00:00 +0200

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News release | The International Committee of the Red Cross is actively responding to the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut and remains committed to supporting Lebanon during these difficult times.- Following the horrific explosion yesterday, the ICRC carried ou

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Protect all humanity by ratifying the nuclear weapon ban treaty

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:30:00 +0200

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Statement | On this day 75 years ago, an entirely new type of weapon exploded above the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Within a fraction of a second, a massive dome of fire filled the sky.

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COVID-19: Fight far from over as virus accelerates in Africa

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC's message is clear: its work to serve people affected by armed conflict and violence in Africa will not grind to a halt because of COVID-19.

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India: Supporting communities affected by floods amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0200

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Photo gallery | The Indian Red Cross Society, at the frontline of the nationwide COVID-19 response, has been providing support to flood-affected communities in Assam.

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75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a nuclear threat returns

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +0200

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News release | The 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki comes even as the risk of use of nuclear weapons has risen.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Rumours undermine fight against COVID-19 in Kinshasa

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:30:00 +0200

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Article | In Kinshasa, Red Cross volunteers are working hard across the city to raise awareness of the risks and precautions, but the task is proving challenging.

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Egypt: ICRC donates vital protective equipment to health facilities in North Sinai amid COVID-19 crisis

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

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News release | In Egypt, the ICRC donated vital protective equipment to health facilities in North Sinai amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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Waging war in cities: A deadly choice

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:15:00 +0200

Video | A new film on why heavy explosive weapons should be avoided in cities: When wars are fought in cities, an estimated 90% of casualties are civilians.

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ICRC response to COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:15:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Bangladesh: Protection of detainees continues amid COVID-19

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 05:30:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC contributed to increase of the capacity of the Old Dhaka Central Jail accommodation centre for guards in Bangladesh to help combat COVID-19.

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Philippines: Guidelines for management of dead during COVID-19 for those of Christian faith

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 04:15:00 +0200

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Publication | Guidelines and key messages on the dignified management of the dead for those of Christian faith during COVID-19 in Philippines.

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Central African Republic: Contending with COVID-19 in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:30:00 +0200

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News release | In the Central African Republic, COVID-19 is yet another threat compounding the consequences of conflicts, violence and a lengthy crisis.

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Cluster munitions: Treacherous weapons that still kill ten years after a convention to ban them

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0200

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Statement | Cluster munitions are one of the world's most treacherous weapons. This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

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Yemen: Torrential floods wreak havoc in war-stricken country

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:45:00 +0200

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Photo gallery | In Yemen, COVID-19 is yet another threat compounding the consequences of conflict, torrential floods, violence and a lengthy crisis.

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Third report on the EU guidelines on promoting compliance with IHL

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:30:00 +0200

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Article | The guidelines, whose adoption was widely welcomed, provide a practical sign of the European Union's commitment to international humanitarian law.

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International Humanitarian Law prize for African academics 2020

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:45:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC Is pleased to call for entries for the 2020 academic prize for best published work on International Humanitarian Law in Africa.

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Jordan: How Maryam’s cheese-making business helps support her family

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:45:00 +0200

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Article | From receiving aid to supporting herself, how a refugee in Jordan got her life back on track through her cheese-making business.

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Cox’s Bazar: ICRC backs emergency wing renovation catering to 100,000 patients in a year

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 09:45:00 +0200

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Article | In Bangladesh, the ICRC has been helping in the delivery of emergency health-care services in Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital in the times of COVID-19.

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A silent threat: In Papua New Guinea, the impact of COVID-19 on mental health

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 01:45:00 +0200

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Article | In Papua New Guinea, the stress and impact of dealing with COVID-19, at such a large scale, has taken a toll on the mental health of the people.

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Venezuela: Helping the health care workers who help us

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0200

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Article | In Venezuela, here's how the ICRC is improving the humanitarian situation through their response to COVID-19 and by helping health care workers.

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

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0200

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Report | Monthly Middle East and North Africa newsletter – July 2020. COVID-19 stigmatization: People needing health care find it harder than ever

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Philippines: ICRC operational update (July 2020)

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 03:30:00 +0200

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

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International Humanitarian Law Bibliography

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +0200

Article | The ICRC International Humanitarian Law Bibliography lists references to English and French publications on international humanitarian law.

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COVID-19: Experts discuss need to secure health care systems online

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC collaborated with the Observer Research Foundation to hold a discussion on cyber attacks and data breaches in health care.

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Draft minimum standard dataset for the search of missing migrants

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 06:00:00 +0200

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Article | The Missing Persons Project, launched in 2018 by the ICRC, is currently developing a Minimum Standard Dataset for the Search of Missing Migrants.

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Water workers preserve public health despite war and COVID-19

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0200

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Article | Water and sanitation personnel show extraordinary dedication in some of the most difficult of places – war zones – despite COVID-19.

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Indonesia: ICRC attends first international conference on Buddhist ethics, education, and applied Buddhism

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:45:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC spoke about the potential compatibility of applied Buddhism and international humanitarian law in Banten, Indonesia.

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Indonesia: Inter-denominational Christian ethics and IHL workshop with Sanata Dharma University

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 09:15:00 +0200

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Article | The ICRC and Sanata Dharma University co-hosted a workshop on inter-denominational Christian ethics and IHL in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Afghanistan: Families who lost everything in conflict, struggle again due to COVID-19

Wed, 15 Jul 2020 07:15:00 +0200

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Article | How the ICRC is helping families, in Afghanistan, who have faced conflict in the past and are back to facing uncertain days triggered by COVID-19.

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Webinar: "New life, new normal" by Smaratungga Buddhist College and ICRC

Wed, 15 Jul 2020 05:30:00 +0200

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Article | A webinar on the new normal way of living, during the COVID-19 pandemic, was organized by the ICRC and the Buddhist community in Indonesia.

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Partnering with local organizations makes us stronger

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

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Article | In conversation with Jeannette Lundberg, Save the Children's Partnership and Localization Adviser, about partnerships with local actors in Middle East.

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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 ICRC is concerned about the humanitarian impact of reported military activity along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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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 continued relevance of Geneva Conventions for treatment of prisoners of war

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

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Article | Updated Commentary on Geneva Conventions: What is acceptable and what is prohibited in armed conflict?

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Nigeria operational update: Helping vulnerable communities adjust to COVID-19 economic impact

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

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News release | The ICRC adapted its operations in Nigeria to the challenges created by COVID-19, working in close collaboration with the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

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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 | Conflict is not the only danger people in the Sahel face; climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are also affecting the lives of millions.

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

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

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Article | Six students, from two universities in Sri Lanka, were selected to take part in the Jean-Pictet IHL competition held in Indonesia in March 2020.

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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 | The humanitarian situation continues to get worse in the Liptako-Gourma region, which spans the Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso border area.

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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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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 (June 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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