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ICRC materials are available from the International Committee of the Red Cross, 19 avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland.

International Federation materials are available from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland. for the ICRC for the Federation

The Banning of Anti-Personnel Landmines: The Legal Contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross 1955-1999

Edited by Louis Maresca and Stuart Maslen, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2000

This book provides an overview of the work of the ICRC to bring about a ban on anti-personnel landmines and gives a commentary on general international humanitarian law governing the methods and means of warfare. It contains ICRC position papers, working papers and speeches made by its representatives to the international meetings convened to address the mines issue, which culminated in the Ottawa treaty in 1999. The documents provide critical insights into the development of international humanitarian law on this issue and will form the basis for discussions on landmines and other conventional weapons for years to come.

Available in English from Cambridge University Press, Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 2RU, UK. GB£55

Insight Turkey

Federation, August 2000

This eight-page colour publication marked the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake which hit north-west Turkey in 1999, killing more than 17,245 people. The publication analyses the Red Cross Red Crescent emergency response and recovery programmes, the role of the volunteers, the lessons learned and the lingering challenges facing whole communities, many of which are still seriously traumatized by the disaster.

Available in English, French and Turkish from the Federation, or can be consulted on the Federation web site.


National implementation of international humanitarian law: 1999 Annual Report

Established by the ICRC in 1996, the Advisory Service is seeking to introduce a more systematic and proactive approach to its efforts in the field of implementation of international humanitarian law. This report reviews advances made in the area of ratification of humanitarian law treaties and in national implementation measures.

Available in English from the ICRC. Sfr15.


Better Programming Initiative

Federation, 2000

This fold-out poster uses drawings and graphics to explain the aims and methodology of the Federation's Better Programming Initiative (BPI). The initiative is oriented towards countries recovering from conflict or experiencing tension or high levels of social violence and seeks to provide Federation delegates and National Society staff with a simple tool to support planning, implementation and analysis of aid programmes in these contexts.

Available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian from the Federation.


Victim assistance: a public health response for landmine victims

ICRC and WHO, 2000

At the field level it is neither practically possible, nor ethically acceptable, to favour one type of victim over another on the basis of the cause of injury. The ICRC and WHO consider that treatment for victims of landmines must be integrated into a comprehensive public health-care system. This small illustrated brochure promotes a global and integrated approach to the health needs of all victims of armed violence and sets forth guidelines for implementing appropriate programmes.

Available in English from the ICRC and WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.


Straight Talk

International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, 2000

In this interactive CD-Rom, designed for educational purposes, five young people talk about the major humanitarian issues of our time. How do you overcome disasters and improve social conditions? How do you help landmine victims? How do you protect prisoners? How can you reunite families dispersed by war? The whole amounts to an adventurous voyage into the world of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent.

Available in English, French, Spanish and German from the International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent,17 Avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland. Sfr25.

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