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International Humanitarian Law

Even in times of war, there are laws.

A delicate balance of humanity and military necessity

The laws of war are a delicate balance between humanity and military necessity, helping to preserve fundamental human values in the grim reality of war.

A historic day in the fight against nuclear weapons

The ratification of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by a 50th country is a historic day bringing us a step closer to a nuclear-weapons-free world.

National Security Not Incompatible with Humanitarian Ideals

This month we have commemorated 75 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, reflecting on the unfathomable devastation while repeating the familiar ‘never again’ mantra.

No one will come to help: Why we must prevent a nuclear catastrophe

Seventy-five years after atomic bombs destroyed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement urges all nations to end the nuclear era.

Remembering Srebrenica 25 years on

Twenty-five years ago this month, the town of Srebrenica and the surrounding area was a scene of significant suffering.

What every Australian business needs to know about international humanitarian law

Australian Red Cross has partnered with RMIT University to produce a practical guide to help businesses navigate their risks, rights and responsibilities under international humanitarian law (IHL).

The value of international humanitarian law in the time of COVID-19

A pandemic is not an armed conflict, so how can the laws of war help shape the response and the aftermath?

Young people think a major war is likely in their lifetime

Almost half of all millennials think it’s more likely than not there will be a third world war in their lifetime, a new Red Cross survey finds.

What do the laws of war, dogs and pickles have in common?

They are all great loves of the volunteers who chair our International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Advisory Committees.

Using the laws of war to improve humanitarian access

How can we better leverage international humanitarian law (IHL) to improve access to people in need?

The Geneva Conventions, Lego and Road Runner turn 70

In 1949, Australia’s population had just hit 8 million, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was brand new, Joan Sutherland was starting out, and it was the heyday of Betty Grable and Bing Crosby.

A note to those who say humanity is dead

On 19 August, World Humanitarian Day.

Game of Thrones and laws of war: Meet our volunteers

We may have come to the end of Game of Thrones, and there may be no more war crimes to discuss, but that won’t keep us quiet!

Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 6

The battle for the Iron Throne is over. Now our watch(ing) has ended.

Game of Thrones and laws of war: GoT analysis week 5

Do you hear the bells? Alas, they won’t stop the spoilers, so turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode.

Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 4

Just as one battle ends, another begins. As always, enemies of the spoiler beware. If you don’t want to know how the Last War arrived at the shores of King’s Landing, avert your eyes now.

Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 3

As always, when you play the Game of Thrones recap, you live or you die with spoilers. There is no middle ground.

Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 2

How do you analyse an episode where no battles took place? Turns out there's still plenty happening in Westeros...

Game of Thrones and laws of war: Season 8, Episode 1

Who committed war crimes in the first episode? We continue our niche (and let’s face it, kind of bizarre) analysis.

Who is Game of Thrones worst war criminal?

Nerd alert: to celebrate the launch of the eighth and final season of Games of Thrones we’ve analysed every episode of the last seven seasons to find the show’s worst war criminal.

IHL Best Practice

Australian Red Cross has committed to seven Principles for IHL Best Practice, and is ready to help Australian organisations adopt their own IHL Best Practice.

We will remember them

The 11th November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. A century on, we continue to uphold the laws of war.

The Humanitarian Impact of War

By Judy Slatyer, Australian Red Cross CEO — Today millions and millions of people, just like you and me, are trying their best to go about their lives while living in a war zone.

2nd Annual International Humanitarian Law Symposium 2018

Presented by Australian Red Cross and the University of Tasmania

Video: Healthcare – not a target

Every week, around the world, hospitals, medical personnel and aid workers come under attack. They are not a target.

ICRC statement on Yemen crisis

ICRC Regional Director for the Near and Middle East, Robert Mardini's address to the 2018 Yemen High-Level on behalf of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

Syria: Is there still hope?

It’s been seven years since Syria’s conflict began – is there still hope?

Seven years is too long in Syria - Opinion

There are 400,000 people trapped in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Damascus. Another day in the seven-year-Syrian war. Another tragic siege.

Which Star Wars character is the actual worst (according to the laws of war)

To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi we thought we’d get together with our fellow Star Wars nerds and have a marriage of passions, so to speak.

Red Cross honours colleagues killed in the line of duty

We honour our colleagues’ lives and we mourn the too-high price they paid in carrying out their work.

Syria: Attack on humanitarian convoy is an attack on humanity

Red Cross Red Crescent is outraged by the horrific attack on a SARC warehouse and an aid convoy in rural Aleppo.

Spare human life in eastern Aleppo

Thousands of civilians are in grave danger in the final moments of the battle in eastern Aleppo.  

Red Cross worker talking with fighters about the laws of war.

Laws of War

Why do wars have laws? Where did they come from and what do they mean for today's armed conflicts? How do these laws affect humanitarian agencies, armed forces, prisoners and non-combatants?