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23 Jun 2017 description

At the height of the Ebola epidemic, hundreds of students, taxi drivers and shopkeepers volunteered to bury their dead neighbours. A new study finds their actions stopped over 10,000 people from being infected with the disease.

06 Sep 2016 description
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report draws on some recent operational experiences of the ICRC to describe the theory and practice of the ICRC’s approach to humanitarian assistance in protracted conflict. The ICRC spends about two thirds of its budget on protracted conflicts. The average length of time the ICRC has been present in the countries hosting its ten largest operations is more than 36 years. Protracted conflicts are a major source of human suffering and a cause of protracted displacement, migration and development reversals.

19 Jul 2016 description

Contents

Cover story

Bright ideas, local solutions

As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.

Phones, drones and beyond

20 Mar 2015 description

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has affected thousands of people and left deep scars on whole communities and countries, was confirmed one year ago. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement says complacency and silence are now the greatest enemies in defeating the disease, and today it is launching an international awareness-raising campaign centred on using "the right words" to help end the disease.

05 Nov 2014 description

Nous avons besoin de travailleurs humanitaires en Afrique de l’Ouest. En les stigmatisant ou en restreignant leur mobilité, on mine l’efficacité de la riposte.

Déclaration du Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge

05 Nov 2014 description

The world needs humanitarian workers in West Africa. Stigmatizing them or restricting their movement will hinder the global response.

Statement by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

26 Sep 2014 description

Les effets dévastateurs de l’épidémie d’Ebola au Libéria, en Guinée et en Sierra Leone mettent à rude épreuve non seulement le système de santé de ces pays, mais aussi leur économie. Tandis que les autorités et les acteurs internationaux présents sur place mettent tout en œuvre pour lutter contre cette flambée épidémique, le CICR offre son expertise aux établissements médicaux et aux personnels de santé pour les aider à faire face.

18 Sep 2013 description

Abuja (CICR) – Un séminaire sur l'état de la mise en œuvre des traités de droit international humanitaire dans la législation nationale des États d'Afrique de l'Ouest s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Abuja (Nigéria).

26 Sep 2012 description

En 2011 et 2012, la stabilité et la consolidation de la transition démocratique tellement désirées par les Guinéens n’ont pas pu être réalisées. L’attaque sur la résidence du Président de la République en juillet 2011 est un reflet de l’état encore fragile de cette transition. Les Guinéens sont encore dans l’expectative des élections législatives. Des désaccords sur l’organisation de ces élections se sont montrés à travers plusieurs manifestations organisées pendant la deuxième partie 2011 et en 2012. Des scènes de violence ont éclaté, notamment à Conakry.

21 May 2012 description

Colonel Sardon bin Hassan, Commandant of the Malaysian Peacekeeping Training Centre (MPTC) in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, recalls a special moment of his career and talks about the ICRC's work.

Colonel Sardon recalled the time he spent in Sierra Leone as a Military Observer for the United Nations in 2001. Throughout his year-long mission, he saw the ICRC at work reuniting families, working with refugees and internally displaced persons. Though his contacts with the ICRC delegation were limited, he recalls one incident with particular affection.

07 May 2012 description

30-04-2012 News Release 12/94

Freetown/Conakry (ICRC) – Sierra Leone's National Committee for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law will be officially inaugurated today in Freetown in the presence of the country's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, who will deliver the keynote address.

The National Committee was set up in connection with a joint plan of action between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the implementation of international humanitarian law.

17 Nov 2011 description

Executive summary

Armed conflict and violence take a heavy toll on children’s lives in different parts of the world. Not only do children suffer from the direct consequences of war and armed violence (recruitment in armed forces or groups, physical injuries, death), they are also indirectly affected by displacement, loss of relatives and the trauma associated with witnessing acts of violence.

26 Oct 2010 description

Interview

Ahead of the Third Universal Meeting of National Committees for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law, Cristina Pellandini, who heads the ICRC's Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law, explains the role of States in prosecuting war crimes.

Cristina Pellandini The prosecution and punishment of violations of international humanitarian law are the main topics of the upcoming Universal Meeting of National Committees for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law. What are the objectives of the meeting?

The meeting has two main goals.

09 Aug 2010 description

Genève (CICR) - Pour célébrer l'anniversaire des Conventions de Genève le 12 août, le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) lance une nouvelle base de données dans le cadre de l'importante étude menée par l'institution sur le droit international humanitaire coutumier.

Élaborée en association avec la Croix-Rouge britannique, cette base de données devrait servir de référence juridique dans les conflits armés internationaux et non internationaux et être notamment utilisée par les tribunaux et les organisations internationales.

09 Aug 2010 description

News release 10/140

Geneva (ICRC) - To mark the 12 August anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is launching a new database of the organization's major study of customary international humanitarian law.

Developed in association with the British Red Cross, the database is designed to be used as a legal reference in international and non-international armed conflicts, including by courts, tribunals and international organizations.

28 May 2010 description

En 1996, Mohamed Fofanah quittait Freetown ravagée par la guerre civile. Après plus de 13 années d'errance, qui l'ont conduit en Guinée Conakry, au Nigéria puis au Sénégal, il rentre enfin parmi les siens. Portrait.

Mohamed Fofanah a le visage las de celui qui revient d'un trop long voyage. Le sien aura duré presque 14 ans. Des années passées dans la précarité, l'insécurité et l'isolement.

Mohamed Fofanah fuit Freetown en 1996 pour des raisons de sécurité, cinq ans après le début d'une guerre civile qui se ne terminera qu'en 2002.

21 May 2010 description

Interview

In the run-up to important United Nations discussions on a global Arms Trade Treaty, the ICRC asked Dr Cyriaque Agnekethom, in charge of small arms questions at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for a regional view of the issue.

Why is the spread of small arms and light weapons a problem in West Africa?

The proliferation of small arms and light weapons poses a major threat to peace and security in the region, as became evident during armed conflicts in countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Côte d'Ivoire.

11 Apr 2010 description

In 2010, the Empress Shôken Fund will grant more than 111,000 Swiss francs to three projects carried out by Red Cross Societies on three continents. The initiatives include a road safety project, called "A safe way to school" in Georgia, a youth brass band project in Sierra Leone and the development of community-based health and first aid in Tuvalu.

The Empress Shôken Fund was established in 1912 by Her Majesty the Empress of Japan to support Red Cross and Red Crescent activities worldwide.