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Protecting people in armed conflict

What is international humanitarian law?

British Red Cross delegate visiting war wounded people in Chad

Even in a war, there are rules. Find out about how they protect people during conflicts.

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The Geneva Conventions

Soldiers reading about international humanitarian law

The Geneva Conventions set out how soldiers and civilians should be treated in wartime.

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Improving understanding between the military and NGOs

A Red Cross delegate talks to someone from the military in Afghanistan

We chair a forum to improve and strengthen communications between NGOs and the British armed forces.

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Customary international humanitarian law project

A man holds a gun in one hand and a booklet about the laws of war in the other

This project seeks to collect and analyse the State practice underpinning customary rules of international humanitarian law.


Disaster Fund

Help the Red Cross prepare for disasters. Your donation will be used in the UK or overseas.

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International Humanitarian Law summer school

A Medical Emergency Response Team of four rushes an Afghan casualty on a stretcher to a Red Cross ambulance

Join us in Cambridge from Sunday 14 to Wednesday 17 September 2014 to consider the rules and practical application of IHL

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News about conflict

A new British Red Cross appeal is helping people cope with the psychological impact of the Syria crisis.