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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.

www.icrc.org for the ICRC
www.ifrc.org for the Federation


Exhibition

The Ottawa treaty

A new travelling exhibition promoting the Ottawa treaty on anti-personnel landmines is available for loan from the ICRC. Using powerful graphics and hard-hitting photographs, it highlights the main obligations (victim assistance, destruction of stockpiles and mine clearance) laid down by the treaty. The text is in English. A Spanish version of the exhibition is also available. It measures 19 x 2.25 metres and consists of six panels mounted on a folding, easy-to-assemble metallic structure. Those who borrow it are asked to cover the cost of transporting it to the next destination.

For further information to book it, please contact the ICRC Mines-Arms Unit.

 
Books

Hard Choices: Moral Dilemmas in Humanitarian Intervention

This volume of original essays by international policy leaders, practitioners and scholars brings together insights into the conflicting moral pressures present in different kinds of interventions ranging from Rwanda and Somalia to Haiti, Cambodia, and Bosnia. From their various cultural and professional perspectives, the authors cover issues of human rights, sanctions, arms trade, refugees, HIV and the media. Together they make the case that, although there are no easy answers, moral reflection and content can improve the quality of decision making and intervention in internal conflicts.

Initiated under the auspices of the ICRC, this book is a contribution to the campaign on international humanitarian law on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. Contributors include: Mary B. Anderson, Kofi Annan, Rony Brauman, Romeo A. Dallaire, Richard J. Goldstone, Colin Granderson, Pierre Hassner,
J. Bryan Hehir, Michael Ignatieff, Ian Martin, Larry Minear, Jonathan Moore, Elizabeth Reid, Mohamed Sahnoun, Mu Sochua, Cornelio Sommaruga, Roger Williamson, and José Zalaquett.

Rowman & Littlefield, 1998, New York. Can be ordered by mail from: Rowman & Littlefield, 15200 NBN Way, P.O. Box 191, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214-0191, USA. $24.95 paper or $65.00 cloth.

 
 

Hospitals for war-wounded: a practical guide for setting up and running a surgical hospital in an area of armed conflict

When war breaks out, any existing health care system is rapidly disrupted and overwhelmed. The additional burden of casualties arrives just when the hospitals are in difficulty. This book, based on the experience of managing independent hospitals established by the ICRC, is intended for anyone who is faced with the task of setting up or running a hospital which admits war-wounded. It addresses specific problems associated with opening a hospital in a difficult and potentially-dangerous environment, includes guidelines on how to manage an influx of wounded and describes a system for managing the patients from admission to discharge.

ICRC, Geneva, 1998, 168 pp.
Available in English. Sfr 25.

 
 

Politics, military operations and humanitarian action: an uneasy alliancee
by Christophe Girod and Angelo Gnaedinger

Taking Bosnia-Herzegovina as a prime example, this booklet demonstrates that steps taken by the international community in situations of armed conflict are less effective when the political, military and humanitarian players involved fail to keep to their own specific mandates. This restricts the scope for action of each international agency and the means to achieve the objectives of the UN Charter. On the other hand, the impact which the international community can have on a conflict is increased when each player acts within the framework of a clear and specific mandate, while respecting the spheres of competence of the other players involved.

ICRC, Geneva, 1998, 29 pp.
Available in French and English. Sfr 3.

 
 

Emergency Appeal 1999
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva, 1999

In its 1999 Emergency Appeal, the International Federation underlines the need to invest in long-term development programmes, such as disaster preparedness, capacity building and fund-raising training in order to deal more efficiently and effectively with disaster. It is appealing for 207.5 million Swiss francs to bring assistance to 23.5 million people, through 55 programmes worldwide.

Federation, Geneva, 1999, 256 pp.
Available in English, French and Spanish.


Videos


 

Panorama
ICRC/Anglia Television Ltd., Norwich, 1995, 49 minutes 30 seconds

ICRC, Geneva, 13 minutes
This video gives an up-to-date overview of the implementation of international humanitarian law and of the ICRC’s action in favour of war victims worldwide.

Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish. VHS. Sfr 20.

 

Reaching Out
International Federation, Geneva, 18 minutes

This video highlights the work of the Sudanese Red Crescent (SRC) throughout 1998. From responding to flood emergencies to supporting local capacity-building projects, the SRC reaches out to the most vulnerable in the country.

Available from the International Federation in English. VHS. Sfr 20.

   


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