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International Humanitarian Law

Even in times of war, there are laws.

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.

A note to those who say humanity is dead

On 8 May 2018, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day and the birthday of our founder, Henri Dunant.

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.

I saw my city die: the human toll of urban warfare

A report released by the ICRC estimates that fifty million people currently bear the brunt of war in cities around the world.

World Humanitarian Day - we are not a target

The sheer numbers are staggering. Those who have died needlessly in wars.

Destruction of Mosul's Great Mosque holds a heritage lesson for Australia

Cultural icons such as the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Indigenous sacred sites could and should be protected in possible conflicts.

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?

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