IHL – International Humanitarian Law Archive

“I don’t think people on the outside have any idea about what we are up against”

A Red Crescent ambulance pictured in Homs where Red Crescent volunteer teams provide first aid on the spot, evacuate the wounded and transport them for medical care. Pic: Ibrahim Mall/SARC

A Red Crescent ambulance pictured in Homs where Red Crescent volunteer teams provide first aid on the spot, evacuate the wounded and transport them for medical care. Pic: Ibrahim Mall/SARC

“The situation facing our staff and volunteers is the most difficult and dangerous in our history,” said Dr Attar, President of SARC. “Every day our teams are out there trying to help those caught up in the violence as much as they can. Our volunteers are seeing death, terrible injuries and destruction of entire neighbourhoods on a daily basis and it’s clear we need more support from outside, both in terms of resources, but also in terms of moral support and solidarity.

Singing Midwives | the story behind the picture

Fifth from the right hand side is Kaibeh Kollie, she has a purple bucket perched on her head and clutches her certificate to her chest.

Fifth from the right hand side is Kaibeh Kollie, she has a purple bucket perched on her head and clutches her certificate to her chest.

Because of the low levels of literacy among traditional midwives, most of the training takes place in the form of easy-to-remember songs and skits. Fifth from the right hand side is Kaibeh Kollie, she has a purple bucket perched on her head and clutches her certificate to her chest. At the women and War photography […]

Mariatu Kamara is a Beacon Of Hope and Resilience for Women

Mariatu Kamara photographed by Nick Danziger

Mariatu Kamara photographed by Nick Danziger

Despite suffering a horrific and violent attack aged just 12 years old, Mariatu Kamara has become a beacon of hope and resilience for women around the world. A native of Sierra Leone now living in Canada, Mariatu is one of the women featured in the Women and War photography exhibition currently on show in the […]

Volunteer Doctor in Homs, Syria: ‘Maybe I will be arrested, and maybe I will die’

Irish Red Cross Syria Appeal, © Ibrahim Malla/ Italian Red Cross

Irish Red Cross Syria Appeal, © Ibrahim Malla/ Italian Red Cross

This is a guest blog from Dr. Mohamed Noor Al Nassan, a Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer and healthcare coordinator in the Homs branch. My life has changed a lot. Two years ago I was with my family. But after about six months I couldn’t stay with my family – because it’s a hard job […]

International Humanitarian Law and Cyber Operations

A group of experts, professionals and students gathered last Wednesday evening, 27 March, in Dublin to discuss IHL and Cyber Operations – where something old meets something new.  The discussion was facilitated by Lt. Col. Jerry Lane, Irish Defence Forces but as always participants provided many lively and thought provoking comments throughout the evening. The […]

Role of International Humanitarian Law in Transitional Justice

Last Thursday, 7 February 2012, a group of students, experts, and professionals gathered in Dublin to discuss the role of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in Transitional Justice processes. The discussion was facilitated by Dr James Gallen, Dublin City University whose current research focus concerns the implementation of policy coherence in international assistance to transitions. James […]

Nelson Mandela, on the Red Cross

Nelson Mandela at Red Cross Lecture

On this date in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years in captivity. He was regularly visited by the ICRC during his long years of detention. In 2003, a week before his 85th birthday, Mr. Mandela spoke about the work of the ICRC and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement in London, saying […]

Protection of the Natural Environment during Armed Conflict

Thursday last, 10 January 2013 a group of students, experts, and professionals gathered in Dublin to discuss what protections, if any, are afforded to the natural environment during armed conflicts be they international or non-International in character. The discussion was facilitated by Dr Heike Spieker, German Red Cross and Ms Tara Smith, Irish Aid and […]

Expect the unexpected – Life as a Red Cross Delegate

‘Until he extends his compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace’. Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Laureate Expect the unexpected.  This may well have been the mantra with which all delegates set forth to distant conflict areas, when accepting a mission with the Swiss humanitarian organisation, founded by the Geneva based business […]

A Beginner’s Guide to IHL: part 3…Who exactly is protected?

Only one more day until the Irish Red Cross IHL Conference ‘Reporters Lives on the Line’ …time to address the all important question… Who exactly is protected by IHL? People who are protected by IHL include wounded and sick combatants who have essentially been removed from the fight, Prisoners of War, and civilians. As already mentioned civilians are […]