ICRC materials are available
from the International Committee of the Red Cross, 19 avenue
de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland.
materials are available from the International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211
Geneva 19, Switzerland.
www.icrc.org for the ICRC
www.ifrc.org for the Federation
Humanity for All
By Hans Haug, Paul Haupt Publishers, Bern,
This comprehensive volume on the work of the Red Cross and
Red Crescent Movement covers the origins of the Red Cross
and explains in detail the work of the ICRC, the Federation
and National Societies. The book includes chapters on the
Movement’s fundamental principles, on international
humanitarian law, and on cooperation between components of
the Movement and other national and international organisations.
It also explores such subjects as the Movement as a factor
of peace and its contribution to human rights. It is nearly
700 pages in length and complete with photographs, annexes
The work is a unique reference written by someone who dedicated
over 40 years of his career to the Movement. The author, in
addition to being a professor of international law, was Secretary
General and President of the Swiss Red Cross, Vice-President
of the Federation and a member of the International Committee
of the Red Cross.
Available in English, French and German from the Federation.
Clearing the Fields
Solutions to the Global Land Mines Crisis
Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.,
Basic Books and the Council of Foreign Relations, New York,
More than 100 million landmines have been deployed in over
60 countries. This proliferation has brought a triple crisis.
Individual lives are shattered; families, communities and
societies bear an increasing medical burden; and governments
are unable to develop lands and infrastructure rendered unusable
by the presence of mines. This book, with contributions from
experts in related fields, addresses the issue from a variety
of practical positions, including the ethical, legal, economic,
medical and military perspectives, and offers solutions –
both short and long term – to this global menace.
Available in English from Basic Books, 10 East 53rd Street,
New York, NY 10022-5299. US$ 25.
Health Care in Disasters
The Ngara Refugee Experience
Ministry of Health, Republic of Tanzania, 1996
Technical know-how in disaster health care and specifically
the health management of large-scale refugee populations is
fast expanding. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has
participated fully in the provision of health care for the
two million refugees in the Great Lakes Region of Africa since
1994. During the operation, many innovations were introduced
in management, logistics and various technical areas such
as water sanitation, hospital care, disease control and health
information. To maintain institutional memory and to summarise
this experience, a one-week workshop in Ngara brought together
senior officials from the Tanzanian government and Red Cross
staff and volunteers working in Ngara. United Nations’
specialised agencies (UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF), as well as relief
organisations such as MSF, OXFAM, CARE and IIRO participated
in writing a critical record of events. The meeting passed
comprehensive recommendations for disaster preparedness in
health to the Tanzanian government and to the Red Cross and
Red Crescent Movement. This report will be the beginning of
close practical collaboration in preparation for disaster
response in health including rehabilitation measures.
Available in English from the Federation.
Anti-personnel Landmines: Friend or Foe?
By Patrick Blagden, ICRC, Geneva, 1996
The failure to ban, or even strictly limit, the use of anti-personnel
landmines due to the assumption that they are an essential
weapon of high military value prompted the ICRC to commission
this independent study on the use and effectiveness of anti-personnel
landmines in conflicts over the past 55 years. In addition
to a career in combat engineering and weapons research with
the British Army, the author brings to the study recent experience
in more than a dozen countries as a senior demining adviser
for the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
The conclusions, which throw clear doubts on the military
utility of these devices, were unanimously endorsed by a meeting
of military experts and by a number of additional military
Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish. Sfr.
The State of the World’s Refugees
In search of solutions
UNHCR and Oxford University Press, Geneva,
This report from the Office of the United Nations High Commis-sioner
for Refugees sets out to examine the thorny question of how
to resolve the global refugee problem. The book examines the
origins of current refugee crises and provides a comprehensive
account of the way in which approaches to the problem of human
displacement have changed since the end of the Cold War. While
the right of asylum should be vigorously maintained, the book
argues, greater efforts must also be made to tackle refugee
problems at their source, by restoring peace and prosperity
to countries where large numbers of people have been forced
to abandon their homes. The report is complete with case studies,
statistics, graphs and maps, describing the state of the world’s
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Spanish, Russian, Arabic. For further information, contact
des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10.
Meet Kofi, Maria & Sunita
Family life in Ghana, Peru & India
By Lesley Anne Simmons, Cobblestone Publishing,
This multicultural chil-dren’s book follows the lives
of three families in the developing world as they share their
stories of hardship and their dreams for the future. Colourful
illustrations by children accompany each story, along with
a map of the country concerned. Discussion questions help
children understand the importance of economic development
and the need for education, health care and clean water. It
prompts children to think about the value of money and the
implication of rising population numbers and helps them understand
the complex problems facing people in developing countries.
Royalties from the book are donated to the Lewis T. Preston
Education Program for Girls which provides grants for girls
from poor families to attend school and college. The author
is a spokeswoman for the World Bank in Washington DC, where
she has lectured and written extensively for children on development.
Available in English from Cobble-stone Publishing, 7 School
Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458, USA. US$14.95.
The Conscience of the World
The influence of NGOs in the UN systems
Edited by Peter Willetts, C. Hurst & Co.
Ltd., London, 1996
Over the years non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have
played an increasingly visible and important role in global
civil society. They have been particularly active in the fields
of human rights, disaster relief, development and the environment,
among others. Recently, they have also played an influential
part at the major international conferences – the Rio
de Janeiro Earth Summit, the Vienna human rights conference,
the Cairo population conference, the Copenhagen Social Summit
and the Fourth World Confer-ence on Women held in Beijing.
What is an NGO? What are the historical roots? How do NGOs
gain recognition at the UN and at conferences? What rights
of participation do they have and how do they gain influence?
This book answers these questions and gives a valuable insight
into how NGOs operate.
Available in English from C. Hurst & Co. Ltd., 38 King
Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8 JT. GB£14.95.
UN International Covenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural Rights
Setu Centre for Social Knowledge and Action,
This publication is the second in the series of human rights
education materials that have been translated into two western
Indian languages. The first volume, the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights published in 1994, has been widely used by
grass roots organisations in western India as part of their
mobilisation, awareness and human rights education activities.
This second volume elaborates and builds on key rights put
forth in the declaration. It is illustrated through folk and
tribal painting and crafts from all over India.
Available in Gujarati and Marathi from Setu Centre for Social
Knowledge and Action, 1, Punyashiok, University Road, Ahmedabad
- 380 009, India.
International Responses to Traumatic Stress
Edited by Yael Danieli, Nigel S. Rodley, Lars
Weisæth, Baywood Publishing Company, USA, 1996
Traumatic events cause drastic and often tragic changes in
people’s lives. Beyond threatening life and property,
they cause psychological injury (post-traumatic stress disorder)
which can also lead to physical illness. This book was written
to draw attention to how major institutions have responded
to grave and widespread traumatising events. The idea grew
out of a series of meetings between 1987 and 1992 which brought
together representatives of different parts of the UN system,
other international government organisations, NGOs and individual
experts to share their contributions, collaborative efforts
and future initiatives. The result is a comprehensive reference
work which, while highlighting the very good work that has
been and is being achieved in this area, also reflects on
how much more still needs to be done.
Available in English from Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.,
Amityville, New York.
Afghanistan: Tools of peace
Azimuths/ICRC, Geneva, 8 minutes
This short TV magazine-style documentary illustrates how
war scrap is being recycled into agricultural tools by Afghan
craftsmen in besieged Kabul. Encouraged by an ICRC project,
steel from destroyed tanks and aluminium from rocket debris
is used to manufacture shovels, sickles and secators. These
tools are then distributed to farmers within the framework
of the ICRC’s agricultural development and reconstruction
The philosophy behind the projects is to reactivate existing
skills and local technology in order to provide income and
contribute to the local economy rather than simply assisting
the civilian population, still victim of the ongoing conflict.
Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish. VHS
copy Sfr 20.
Seeds of Deaths
Azimuths/ICRC, Geneva, 8 minutes
Another in the series of TV magazines, this video describes
the ICRC’s mine-awareness programme in Azerbaijan, illustrated
with the stories of mine victims and details of the work of
the ICRC’s prosthetic/orthotic workshops there.
Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish. VHS
copy Sfr 20.
ICRC, Geneva, 1996
This multimedia programme available on CD-Rom is designed
to spread awareness of the problems that arise from the indiscriminate
use of landmines. The programme, aimed at members of the general
public, in particular young people and teachers, was developed
as an adjunct to the ICRC’s worldwide campaign to ban
Photos, voice recordings, video clips and graphics combine
to present a wide range of information on these vicious devices
and the issues that surround them: the different types of
mines, the business of selling them, the injuries caused,
treatment and rehabilitation of victims, the social and economic
costs arising from their use, mine-clearance techniques, gaps
in international law governing their use, and details of the
campaign to ban them.
Available from the ICRC in English. Sfr 25 or US$20. A Spanish
version can be obtained through the Spanish Red Cross or a
number of National Societies in Latin America.
Top | Contact
Us | Credits
© 2003 | Copyright