International Committee of the Red Cross

Kuala Lumpur Regional Delegation

The ICRC in a nutshell
Neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization Work in armed conflict situations

International mandate
Part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

* *Discover the ICRC. summary of the mission statement .The ICRC: Mission The ICRC’s mission is to protect and assist the civilian and military victims of armed conflicts and internal disturbances on a strictly neutral and impartial basis and to promote compliance with Law of Armed Conflict.

The ICRC: mandated by the States community Protects and assists war victims Promotes Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC)/ international humanitarian law (IHL) and its implementation Reunites families separated by armed conflicts Officially recognizes National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies .

The ICRC: Action At the beginning of hostilities. the ICRC Reminds the parties of their obligations Offers its services Makes an assessment of the needs Acts in favour of victims according to the needs .

000 employees .The ICRC around the world Delegations in over 60 countries Activities in more than 80 countries Over 12.

Activities Protection in war protection of civilians protection of prisoners of war and detainees restoring family links Assistance for armed conflict victims economic security water and habitat health services Preventive action Promotion of IHL/ LOAC National measures of implementation of IHL/ LOAC Mine/UXO awareness programs .

Activities: Protection in war Protection of civilians  Collect information on abuses  Recommendations to the responsible party  Action in favor of most vulnerable Internally Women Children displaced persons .

summary executions. torture and ill-treatment Restore family links .Activities: Protection in war Protection of detainees Visits of detainees Confidential approaches to the authorities to improve detention conditions Prevent disappearances.

displaced persons) Trace missing persons .Activities:Protection in war Restoring family links Central Tracing Agency Restore contact between people separated by conflict Red Cross messages Collect information on people sought by their relatives (detainees.

Activities: Assistance for conflict victims Economic security Economic support Survival relief Economic rehabilitation .

waste disposal Proper housing Rehabilitation of infrastructures Camps for displaced persons .Activities: Assistance for conflict victims Water and habitat Ensure access to clean drinking water and decent sanitation.

Activities: Assistance for conflict victims Health services Primary health care War surgery and first aid Health in prisons Physical rehabilitation .

Activities: Prevention Awareness-building Promotion and implementation of LOAC/ IHL Integration of LOAC/ IHL into official legal. educational and operational curricula .

Activities: Prevention Armed forces. police and security forces Decision-makers and opinion-leaders Tomorrow’s decision-makers and opinionleaders (schools and universities) Civilian populations .

The Movement: Composition International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies National Societies International Committee of the Red Cross .

The Movement: Roles ICRC assistance and protection for conflict victims guardian of international humanitarian law official recognition of National Societies National Societies assistance to victims of conflict and disaster activities in favour of the most vulnerable Federation promotion of National Societies’ activities coordination of international Movement assistance for victims of natural disasters .

The Movement: Fundamental Principles Humanity  prevent and alleviate human suffering and proportionality Impartiality  non-discrimination Neutrality  retain credibility by not taking sides with respect to all powers Independence  autonomy Voluntary service  disinterested relief movement Unity  only one NS per country Universality  equal rights for all NS .

The Movement: Why do the Principles exist? Universal reference Transparency and predictability Guide the Movement’s humanitarian action Link the Movement components .

Cooperation None of our work could be done without the help of our partners in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement .

The Movement: The Seville Agreement Agreement on cooperation Signed within the Council of Delegates in November 1997 Purpose of the agreement improve functional cooperation within the Movement to act more efficiently in emergency situations strengthen the development of National Societies .

The Movement: The Seville Agreement 2 concepts: Lead role permanent specific competencies of each component Lead agency in a given emergency situation one component carries out general direction and coordination of the operational relief activities .

Emblems Recognized and used emblems Indicative use Protective use Misuse of the emblem The emblem debate  latest proposal .

Use of the emblems .

Japan and Malaysia Create and improve awareness Promotion & implementation of LOAC/ IHL Integration of LOAC/ IHL into the education system Armed forces. police and security forces Decision and policymakers and opinion-leaders Civil society .The ICRC in Malaysia Covers 4 countries: Singapore. Brunei.

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