International humanitarian law (IHL) is a set of international laws that set what can and cannot be done during an armed conflict.
In short, the laws of war mean: You do not torture people. You do not attack civilians. You limit as much as you can the impact of your warfare on women and children. You treat detainees humanely.
The global Red Cross and Red Crescent family hold unique positions under the Geneva Conventions. Our emblems are protective symbols central to the laws of war. They mean 'Don't shoot - we are not part of the fight.
Read about the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols
Read a Parliamentarian's Guide to IHL
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