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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.

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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

The next British Red Cross summer school on IHL will be held in Cambridge Sunday 18 – Wednesday 21 September 2016.

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News about conflict

A Red Cross team has treated treating patients including an 8-year-old boy.