ICRC [to 25 April 2015]
Migration: ICRC calls for expanded search and rescue, monitoring of humanitarian impact
24 April 2015
Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross has said it is vital that plans to boost funding for rescue operations aimed at curbing migrant deaths in the Mediterranean cover an expanded area and that other policy proposals be scrutinised for their humanitarian impact.
Meeting of states on strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law
24 April 2015
Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Switzerland are hosting the fourth and final meeting of states in Geneva on 23-24 April 2015 as part of their joint initiative on strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law.
Zimbabwe: Improved water supply for over 10,000 people at prison complex
24 April 2015
Harare (ICRC) – Over 10,000 people at Chikurubi Prison Complex in the outskirts of Harare are now benefitting from an improved supply of clean water following the commissioning of repairs and upgrades to water infrastructure there.
“Addressing the needs of inmates by upgrading critical infrastructure in prisons run by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS), such as the water supply system at Chikurubi Prison Complex, has been one of our top priorities since we began working with the ZPCS in 2009,” said Thomas Merkelbach, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Zimbabwe. “We are privileged to have implemented this phase of a longer-term effort together with the authorities and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA).”
Weapons: ICRC marks Ypres chlorine gas anniversary with WMD call
22 April 2015
Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross has marked the 100th anniversary of a World War I battle, where deadly chlorine gas was used on thousands of troops, by underlining the urgent need for more progress towards ridding the world of all types of weapons of mass destruction.
Turkish and Syrian Red Crescent deliver food to Syria with ICRC support
21 April 2015
Geneva (ICRC) – Humanitarian aid has today been successfully delivered into north-east Syria, in an operation jointly organized by the Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS), the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Two thousand food parcels were brought into Syria to be distributed to displaced people and civilians in Al-Hassake Governorate. Carried in two trucks, they were delivered to the border between the Turkish city of Nusaybin and the city of Qamishli in Syria. Before proceeding into Syria, the parcels were transferred from the TRCS’s trucks to trucks provided by the SARC.