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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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News: Press releases and weekly "ICRC News" items.
About the ICRC
Operations by country : Maps, facts and figures, reports, news releases and publications on the countries (over 50) in which the ICRC is currently active.
Issues and topics: Thematic information covering issues such as antipersonnel mines, blinding weapons, water and war.
International Humanitarian Law: What it is, the texts, their application and analysis, together with a special section for armed forces. Access to the IHL database.
History of the ICRC
International Review of the Red Cross
Publications: Printed, audiovisual and multimedia products.
Photo Gallery
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: Who's who and how it works.
27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, 31 October - 6 November 1999
Related links
Special stamp : 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

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Last update : 16/06/99