International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law. 

Telephone: +41 22 734 60 01
Fax: +41 22 733 20 57
Website: www.icrc.org
19 Avenue de la Paix
1203 Geneva
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Delegate in charge of relations with police and security forces

ICRC delegates to the police and security forces work as part of one or several delegation(s) depending on the number of countries they are tasked to cover. He/she is responsible for contributing to the dialogue of the delegations with the police or security forces with a dual aim: to enhance understanding of the ICRC's role and its operational procedures among these forces; and support national efforts for the dissemination or integration of human rights law and humanitarian principles.

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Le processus d'élaboration des décisions dans les opérations militaires de combat

Ce document s’adresse aux commandants, aux officiers d’état-major et avant tout aux rédacteurs de textes de doctrine. Afin de les épauler dans l’exercice de leur responsabilité juridique, il explique dans quels cas et de quelle manière l’application du droit des conflits armés devrait être intégrée dans le processus de décision opérationnel et tactique et dans les ordres opérationnels en temps de conflit armé pour créer les conditions requises afin que le droit soit respecté dans la conduite des opérations. La structure du document reflète donc le processus habituel d’évaluation militaire tel qu’il est enseigné, intégré à la formation et l’entraînement et appliqué dans la majeure partie des forces armées partout dans le monde.

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Host country security assessment guide

This guide is aimed to assist companies in evaluating the national and regional security contexts and identifying the different challenges that are likely to affect extractive operations. It provides the user with a comprehensive list of guiding questions that allow for a holistic overview of the security situation as well as a detailed analysis of all relevant actors.

For more information on the Host country security assessment guide, kindly follow the link.

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Host government engagement strategy tool

This tool aims to support company representatives prepare for the first consultations with national security actors and establish a strategy for the engagement and communication with security sector representatives. Companies can draw on individual sections of the tool to fill gaps in their preparations for consultations or use the tool in its entirety to establish an engagement and communication strategy.

For more information on the Host government engagement strategy tool, kindly follow the link.

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Servir et protéger : Droit des droits de l'homme et droit humanitaire pour les forces de police et de sécurité

Les forces de l'ordre jouent un rôle clé dans la société. Elles servent et protègent la population et font respecter la loi. Ce rôle est valable en tout temps, y compris pendant les conflits armés et autres situations de violence. En dialoguant avec la police et les forces de sécurité au sujet du droit international, de son application et de leurs opérations, le CICR soutient leurs efforts pour intégrer les règles et les normes de ce droit dans leurs procédures.

Depuis plus de 20 ans, le manuel Servir et protéger de la Croix Rouge guide ce dialogue. Sa nouvelle édition traduite en français s’appuie sur l’expérience acquise ces dernières années. Elle permettra au public concerné d'approfondir sa connaissance des règles et normes internationales applicables par tous les représentants de la loi et de ce qu’elles impliquent concrètement pour les activités et opérations de police.

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Videos

Sexual violence in armed conflict: Underlying causes and prevention strategies

Building on the previous panel discussion "Responding to sexual violence in conflict: can we do better?", the ICRC and the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH) convened a follow-up livestreamed conference on 12 November from 18:00 to 19:30, aimed at addressing the challenging issue of prevention of conflict-related sexual violence.The event took place on the occasion of the second session of CERAH's thematic seminar on "Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and in Emergencies", and provided an opportunity to feature the recent publication of the International Review of the Red Cross on "Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict". The conference was also part of the third ICRC Conference Cycle on "Generating respect for the law", an ongoing reflection on how to better prevent violations of the law applicable in armed conflict.

The discussion focused on conflict-related sexual violence, committed by state or non-state armed actors involved in an armed conflict. Weapon bearers may commit sexual violence for various reasons – from strategic to opportunistic ones. In recent years, a number of research studies in political science, anthropology, psychology or military ethics have greatly contributed to a deeper understanding of the causes of conflict-related sexual violence. There is now a need to connect the wealth of research and practical experience to build effective prevention strategies.

For more details of the event on sexual violence in armed conflict: underlying causes and prevention strategies kindly follow the link.

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Éthiopie : soutenir le déminage pour aider les habitants à récupérer leurs champs et reconstruire leur vie

En avril 2016, la délégation du CICR en Éthiopie a mis sur pied une formation au déminage manuel à l'intention de plus d'une vingtaine de démineurs professionnels des forces armées éthiopiennes. Le déminage manuel, du fait qu'il permet aux populations de cultiver à nouveau leurs champs préalablement contaminés et de reconstruire leur vie après un conflit, est considéré comme l'un des piliers de l'action humanitaire contre les mines. Les cours de formation comme ceux-ci visent ainsi à enseigner aux démineurs les compétences techniques et les gestes nécessaires pour mener à bien des opérations de déminage de manière efficiente.

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Policy and Research Papers

From peacekeeping to peacebuilding: the evolution of the role of the United Nations in peace operations

From the abstract: 

Multifunctional peace operations have become an integral part of international society to the extent that they are now one of the major regulating institutions of international relations. The United Nations (UN) is the main player in setting up such operations. The UN has seen a major but gradual evolution of its role in maintaining and establishing peace. Having developed peacekeeping as a form of impartial interposition between belligerents during the Suez Crisis in 1956, the UN has continually broadened its sphere of action. These cumbersome and complex operations are demanding and present the UN with a number of challenges.

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Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments

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This is the third edition of the Toolkit developed by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as part of their joint project to develop guidance to support companies operating in complex environments manage their security in a way that is effective and respects human rights and, when relevant, international humanitarian law. This edition contains a new fourth chapter - Working with communities  - developed in collaboration with Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA), as well as chapters on working with host governments, public security forces, and private security providers. 

It may be freely used and shared for educational and other non-commercial purposes, provided that the DCAF-ICRC Toolkit is acknowledged as the source. As the Toolkit is a ‘Living Document’, accessing it from the Knowledge Hub can ensure that the users have always access to the latest version.

For full access to the Knowledge Hub and the toolkit on Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments, kindly follow the link. 

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