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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Address: 
19 Avenue de la paix
Geneva CH 1202
Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 734 60 01
Fax: +41 22 733 20 57
Organization type: 
International Organisations

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.

The ICRC is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employs some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. It is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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Photo: Geneva, ICRC headquarters. The main building, "Le Carlton". CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / T. Gassmann