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International Review of the Red Cross, 2006 – No. 863: Private military companies/No. 864: Methods of warfare
ICRC, 2006

The private military and security industry is growing, with some estimating annual contracts to be in the US$ 10-20 billion range and others citing figures as high as US$ 100 billion. What main roles do they play and what are their main areas of operation in armed conflicts? Which status should they have according to international law? In this timely edition of the International Review of the Red Cross, a wide range of authors addresses these questions as well as the issue of corporate civil liability for companies involved in violations of humanitarian law. In its latest edition, the International Review illustrates some aspects of present-day methods of warfare and their implications on the evolution of applicable rules for the conduct of hostilities.

Available in English.

Cooperation with National Societies
ICRC, 2007

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is present on almost all of today’s battlefields working to save lives and alleviate human suffering. How do the different components of such a large network cooperate to achieve this? This brochure provides general information on the various ways that the ICRC cooperates with National Societies worldwide. It also highlights specific cooperation initiatives to show the value of this core ICRC programme area.

Available in English.

Distinction: Protecting civilians in armed conflict
ICRC, 2007

The cornerstone of the 1977 Additional Protocols is the principle of distinction. This leaflet provides a concise overview of the requirements of all parties to an armed conflict to distinguish between civilians and combatants, civilian objects and military targets. It describes both the protection afforded by the Additional Protocols to those not taking part in the conflict and the protection entitled to combatants.

Available in English and French.

Psychosocial support: Restoring a sense of normality
International Federation Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, 2007

Early and adequate psychosocial support after disasters can prevent distress from developing into something more severe, and help people cope better and return to everyday life. This brochure introduces psychosocial support and the services offered by the Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, which is hosted by the Danish Red Cross.

Available in English. Download at:

The International Federation software tools for water and sanitation programming
International Federation, 2007

“Software” is crucial to changing people’s water and sanitation behaviour. Software includes hygiene promotion, local capacity building, stakeholder involvement, monitoring and evaluation, and encouraging behavioural change. This guide and its accompanying CD-ROM outline PHAST (participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation), the backbone of successful water and sanitation interventions.

Available in English.

Practical guide on road safety. A toolkit for National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
International Federation and Global Road Safety Partnership, 2007

How can road users learn to view the road as a shared public space rather than as an area given over to violence? This guide argues that National Societies have an obligation to encourage respect for other road users and it offers practical solutions to a deadly problem.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

Annual Report 2006
International Federation, 2007

The International Federation reviews its work worldwide over the year. This report highlights key operations and development activities, and also includes the year’s financial statements.

Available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.


West Bank — behind the barrier
ICRC, 2007

Since construction started on the West Bank Barrier, what has been the impact of the Israeli occupation on the lives of ordinary Palestinians?
Families from Salfit and Hebron talk about the trauma of living with military operations, being denied access to their land and facing constant restrictions on every aspect of life.

Available in English and French. Sfr 20. Running time: 8 minutes.

Colombia: searching for safety
ICRC, 2007

Colombia has been ravaged by over four decades of armed conflict. An estimated 3 million people have fled violence in the countryside. In this film, we meet Carmen, Maria and Anna who have moved to Bogota in search of safety. They survive, despite their minimal income and the constant fear of further violence, receiving some help from the ICRC’s emergency assistance programme.

Available in English and French. Running time: 8 minutes.

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