This report is primarily an account ofthe ICRC’s work in the fieldand its activities to promote international humanitarian law.Mention is made ofsome ofthe negotiations entered into with aview to bringing protection and assistance to the victims ofinter-national and civil wars and internal disturbances and tension.Other negotiations are not mentioned,since the ICRC feels thatany publicity would not be in the interests ofthe victims.Thus,this report cannot be regarded as covering all the institution’sefforts worldwide to come to the aid ofthe victims ofconflict.Moreover,the length ofthe text devoted to a given country orsituation is not necessarily proportional to the magnitude oftheproblems observed and tackled by the institution.Indeed,thereare cases which are a source ofgrave humanitarian concern but onwhich the ICRC is not in a position to report because it has been
denied permission to take action.By the same token,the descriptionofoperations in which the ICRC has great freedom ofaction takes up
considerable space,regardless ofthe scale ofthe problems involved.
The maps in this report are for illustrative purposes only and donot express an opinion on the part ofthe ICRC.All figures in this report are in Swiss francs (CHF).In 2005,the
average exchange rate was CHF 1.2374 to USD 1,and CHF 1.5475
to EUR 1.