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19 Jun 2018 description

Ginebra (CICR) – El número de conflictos armados no internacionales aumentó a más del doble desde principios de siglo, según datos del Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR).

No solo hay más conflictos, sino también más partes en un conflicto. En los últimos seis años, han surgido más grupos armados que en los 60 años anteriores.

Como consecuencia, se observa un aumento del peligro para los civiles y un reto aún mayor para los trabajadores humanitarios.

19 Jun 2018 description

Genève (CICR) – Le nombre de conflits armés non internationaux a plus que doublé depuis le début du siècle, selon les données du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR).

Il y a non seulement davantage de conflits, mais aussi davantage de parties impliquées. On a vu apparaître plus de groupes armés au cours des six dernières années que lors des six précédentes décennies.

Conséquence : des risques plus élevés pour les civils et des défis plus importants pour les humanitaires.

19 Jun 2018 description

Geneva (ICRC) – The number of non-international armed conflicts more than doubled from the beginning of the century, according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Not only are there more conflicts, but there are more sides in a conflict. More armed groups have emerged in the last six years than in the previous 60.

The consequence: increased danger for civilians and a greater challenge for humanitarians.

08 Jun 2018 description

President's address at the Human Rights Watch Summit

Switzerland is the birthplace – 150 years ago – of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Geneva Conventions that followed. And while the ICRC still has its headquarters in Geneva, we are a truly global organization of 16,000 staff working 80 countries affected by conflict and violence....places like Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Myanmar, Colombia, Lake Chad.

04 May 2018 description

PROTECTING LIVESTOCK IN SOUTH SUDAN

Keeping livestock alive and healthy is vital in a country where most of the population heavily depends on cattle, sheep and goats for their livelihood. But it’s also a very real challenge. Decades of armed conflict continue to undermine veterinary services in South Sudan. It increases the risk of epidemics, parasites, wounds and health issues that hamper the production and reproduction of livestock. For the past 30 years, the ICRC has implemented Livestock projects to mitigate these risks.

30 Apr 2018 description

Juba/Geneva (ICRC) – Ten aid workers taken by an armed group last week were returned to Juba today by a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The South Sudanese aid workers were transported by ICRC aircraft from an area around Yei to the capital, Juba.

“The ICRC has a long-standing record as a neutral intermediary in these kinds of situations. We are pleased that these ten aid workers will now be able to return to their families,” said François Stamm, the head of delegation for the ICRC in South Sudan.

23 Apr 2018 description

Juba (ICRC) – A distribution of seeds and farming tools for approximately 24,600 people was interrupted after armed men attacked the International Committee of the Red Cross' compound in Leer, South Sudan, forcing staff to evacuate and program activities to be suspended.

"We are shocked and disappointed by this attack, which is not only an attack on the ICRC, but also on the people we are here to assist", says Francois Stamm, ICRC's Head of Delegation in South Sudan.

10 Apr 2018 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is gravely concerned that South Sudan’s civil war continues to fuel horrific levels of violence in which civilians are injured and killed and property vital to their safety and survival is destroyed.

“My wife was shot,” said Ruey. “My children were shot…I was also shot. All of us became vulnerable.”

Ruey, his wife Nyalual, and two of their children were all injured by gunfire when fighting flared around their village near Nassir in February. One of the children—a seven-year-old boy—died as a result of the gunshot wound.

21 Mar 2018 description

Preserving the civilian and humanitarian character of sites and settlements is fundamental to the protection of civilians fleeing armed conflict. It is, however, increasingly put at risk today by the presence of, or proximity to, fighters and armed activities. Infringements to the civilian and humanitarian character result in major protection concerns for internally displaced people and refugees hosted in the sites and adversely impact humanitarian actors.

07 Feb 2018 description

Five years ago, fighting on the border of Sudan and South Sudan split a community in two. Hundreds of families were separated when they fled the violence and lost contact with each other completely. Following word of mouth, the ICRC managed to reconnect them—and with one phone call, managed to share news with 2,500 people about their loved ones.

06 Feb 2018 description

By Peter Maurer, ICRC President

Syria enters its seventh year of fighting in 2018. Hunger and disease will affect millions of people in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Around the world people will flee conflict only to become trapped in misery, as seen in Libya. People will suffer from immediate and long-term effects of conflict and violence, as I witnessed in Central African Republic earlier this month.

25 Jan 2018 description

ICRC remains committed to South Sudan’s people

Operational Highlights for 2017

The fourth year of South Sudan's civil war saw a severe deterioration of humanitarian conditions across the country. The conflict has claimed innumerable lives and left millions forcibly displaced from their homes and unable to meet even their most basic needs. Levels of acute insecurity reached an all-time high last year with six million people unable to provide sufficient amount of food.

04 Dec 2017 description

Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) demande plus de 2 milliards de francs suisses à ses donateurs pour assurer le financement de ses opérations sur le terrain en 2018 et pouvoir apporter aide et protection à des millions de personnes touchées par des conflits et d'autres situations de violence.

28 Nov 2017 description

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked its donors for more than 2 billion Swiss Francs to fund its field operations in 2018, to assist and protect millions of people affected by conflict and other situations of violence.

The appeal, which marks an 11.6% increase in the ICRC's 2017 field budget, will allow the organization to continue responding to the most urgent needs of people caught up in conflict in the world's most challenging hotspot such as in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, DR Congo and Yemen.

27 Nov 2017 description

Community engagement and accountability supports those involved in programmes and operations to adopt innovative approaches to better understand and engage with people and work with them to address unhealthy and unsafe practices. It maximizes the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s unique relationship with the community to help them speak out about the issues that affect them and influence decision and policy-makers to implement positive change.

01 Nov 2017 description

Protection des personnels de santé et personnels humanitaires dans les conflits*

C’est pour moi un honneur de prendre la parole devant vous ce matin, et je remercie la France d’avoir organisé cette réunion importante.

Depuis la dernière fois que je me suis adressé au Conseil sur ce sujet, les attaques brutales contre les blessés et les malades, les personnels de santé, les ambulances et les installations médicales se sont poursuivies sans relâche.

31 Oct 2017 description

ICRC President's speech on the protection of medical and humanitarian personnel in conflict

Since my last briefing, brutal attacks have continued, unabated, against the wounded and sick, medical care providers, ambulances and health care facilities.

We are at risk of creating a 'new normal': too many actors are legitimizing attacks as "collateral damage" rather than outrageous violations.

The question we need to be asking today is 'where is the urgency to bring attacks to an end?'

24 Oct 2017 description

Speech delivered by ICRC President Peter Maurer at the Senior Workshop on International Rules governing Military Operations (SWIRMO) on Friday 20 October, Mexico City.

Firstly, thank you for your participation at this, the eleventh SWIRMO conference, which I hope is sparking valuable discussions.