This month, The Netherlands Red Cross, has generously donated many books to help us expand our International Humanitarian Law collection. The Peace Palace Library would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to the staff members of the International Humanitarian Law Section of the Red Cross who made this possible.

The Netherlands Red Cross Society was founded in 1867. It is a member of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies which is the mother organization. The Netherlands sends hundreds of soldiers to conflict areas every year. The Dutch politicians also decides on, for example, the purchase of new weapons or participation in peace missions. They must have knowledge of the laws of war. The Netherlands Red Cross therefore provides information about humanitarian law of war to soldiers, students, politicians and journalists. Because knowledge of the rules can prevent violations. This applies in times of war, but also now.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is a global humanitarian network of 80 million people that helps those facing disaster, conflict and health and social problems. It consists of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.

War and Law on the ICRC Website

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