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close this bookICRC Action on Behalf of Prisoners (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1998, 36 p.)
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View the documentMISSION STATEMENT
View the documentPROTECTION OF PRISONERS: A NECESSITY
View the documentVISITS TO PRISONERS: A PRACTICE ESTABLISHED IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY
View the documentINTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW: PROTECTION FOR PEOPLE DEPRIVED OF THEIR FREEDOM
View the documentAN ICRC VISIT: FACTS ARE ESTABLISHED, THEN THE AUTHORITIES ARE APPROACHED
View the documentPRIVATE INTERVIEWS WITH PRISONERS: THE CORNERSTONE OF ICRC ACTION
View the documentLONG-TERM DIALOGUE AND PRESENCE: A STRATEGIC CHOICE
View the documentINDIVIDUAL MONITORING TO PREVENT EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS AND FORCED DISAPPEARANCES OF PEOPLE UNDER ARREST
View the documentRESTORING FAMILY CONTACT: A VITAL TASK
View the documentCOMBATING TORTURE AND ILL-TREATMENT
View the documentEVERYDAY PRISON LIFE
View the documentLOOKING BENEATH THE SURFACE
View the documentSPECIAL PROTECTION FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN PRISON
View the documentDIALOGUE, BUT NOT COMPROMISE
View the documentONE ASPECT OF PROTECTION: UPHOLDING LEGAL SAFEGUARDS
View the documentICRC ACTION: A MEANS AT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY'S DISPOSAL

MISSION STATEMENT

The ICRC acts to help all victims of war and internal violence, attempting to ensure implementation of humanitarian rules restricting armed violence.

The ICRC's mission arises from the basic human desire, common to all civilizations, to lay down rules governing the use of force in war and to safeguard the dignity of the weak.
The ICRC has received a mandate from the international community to help victims of war and internal violence and to promote compliance with international humanitarian law.

The ICRC's activities are aimed at protecting and assisting the victims of armed conflict and internal violence so as to preserve their physical integrity and their dignity and to enable them to regain their autonomy as quickly as possible.
The ICRC is independent of all governments and international organizations. Its work is prompted by the desire to promote humane conduct and is guided by empathy for the victims. The ICRC is impartial: its only criterion for action is the victims' needs. The ICRC is neutral and remains detached from all political issues related to conflict.
By applying these principles strictly, the ICRC is able to act as an intermediary between the parties to armed conflict and to promote dialogue in situations of internal violence, with a view to finding solutions for matters of humanitarian concern.
Through its work, the ICRC helps to prevent the worsening of crises and even at times to resolve them.

The ICRC systematically reminds all military and civilian authorities directly involved in armed conflict or internal violence of their obligations under international humanitarian law and the other humanitarian rules by which they are bound.
The ICRC has the duty to remind all States of their collective obligation to ensure respect for international humanitarian law.
In all societies and cultures, the ICRC endeavours to promote international humanitarian law and the fundamental human values underlying that law.

As the founding member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the ICRC directs and coordinates the international work of the Movement's components in connection with armed conflict and internal violence.
The ICRC gives priority to cooperation with the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and their Federation. It acts in consultation with all other organizations involved in humanitarian work.