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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

Human rights and humanitarian law in professional policing concepts: Highlights from the book To serve and to protect
ICRC, Geneva, 2002

This brochure, intended for audiences involved in law-enforcement functions, summarizes the main points of the manual entitled To serve and to protect. It addresses the principles and rules of human rights and humanitarian law relevant to professional law enforcement in democratic contexts.
Available in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. Sfr 4.-


HOTLINE: Assistance for journalists on dangerous assignments
ICRC, Geneva, 2002

The information brochure on the ICRC HOTLINE entitled Assistance for journalists on dangerous assignments is intended for families and professional associations of journalists missing or detained in conflict situations. It describes what the ICRC can and cannot do for them, and the means it has available.
Available from the ICRC in English and French.


Emergency Relief Items Catalogue 2002
ICRC, Federation, 2002

This catalogue is intended to facilitate the selection and acquisition of the suitable items notably during the first phase of an emergency. Standarization is intended to facilitate field operations and logistics support, assure improved quality, communication and reporting, and also to avoid inappropriate donations. The catalogue provides generic technical specifications for essential items.
Available in English on the Federation web site at


The humanitarian enterprise, dilemmas and discoveries
Larry Minear, The Humanitarianism and War Project Tufts University, Kumarian Press, Inc., 2002

Through the lens of the Humanitarianism and War Project, Larry Minear explores what has been learned about how to do humanitarian work well and what continues in dispute. This book shows the complex links between humanitarian work and the worlds of politics and military engagement which are more intertwined than ever.
Available from Kumarian Press, Inc. 1294 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield CT 06002, USA. US$25.95



Photos and text by Till Mayer, German Red Cross, Berlin 2002
Till Mayer, born in 1972, has worked closely with the Red Cross as a journalist and photographer for years. He travelled through numerous war- and crisis-torn regions of Africa, Asia and Europe. From 1999 to 2000 he worked as an information delegate for the German Red Cross in the Balkans. In this book, Till Mayer calls attention to the devastating effects of poverty and deprivation on families and individuals worldwide.

A travelling exhibition including pictures from the book can be used by National Societies.

The book and the exhibition kit are available from the German Red Cross,

For further information see
Available from the German Red Cross in German and English. 10 Euros.


World Disasters
Report 2002
Focus on reducing risk
Federation, 2002

The tenth edition of the World Disasters Report argues that risk reduction is an essential condition for sustainable development. It examines preparedness and mitigation initiatives from disaster-prone countries across the globe. And it discusses who should take responsibility for protecting vulnerable populations from disaster, and how. The report features chapters on challenges and opportunities facing risk reduction; success stories in disaster preparedness from Mozambique and Latin America; mitigating effects of global warming in Pacific island states; earthquake risk in south-eastern Europe; a methodology to assess vulnerabilities and capacities (examples from Gaza/West Bank and Papua New Guinea); humanitarian accountability; and latest disaster and refugee data.

Available in English from Kumarian Press Inc, 1294 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield CT 06002, USA or Eurospan, 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8LU, UK. US$25 or £17.95. Summaries of the report are available from the Federation in French, Spanish and Arabic.

Annual Report 2001
Federation, 2002

The report provides a comprehensive retrospective on the year's activities, highlighting key aspects of humanitarian action, support to National Societies. It also details initiatives in communications, policy and management, and provides a financial overview.
Available from the Federation in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.


Convention on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of certain conventional weapons which may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects
ICRC, Geneva, 2002

The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons is one of the principal instruments of international humanitarian law. It seeks to minimize suffering in armed conflict by prohibiting or regulating the use of certain weapons which may cause unnecessary suffering or have indiscriminate effects. This publication contains the text of the Convention and its Protocols adopted as of 21 December 2001. It is intended to promote understanding of the Convention's rules and to facilitate its ratification and implementation by governments.
Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish. Sfr 4.-

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