International Committee of the Red Cross


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.
Main beneficiaries of our multidisciplinary programs are: civilians, children, detainees, internally displaced people, migrants, missing persons, refugees and people with disabilities.


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.

Geographic Focus

ICRC is present in more than 100 countries situated in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia as well as the Near and Middle East

Programme Areas

Medical / health care and physical rehabilitation services for people with disabilities
Fostering economic security
Restoring family links
Securing water and habitat
Addressing weapon contamination
Humanitarian forensics
Building respect for humanitarian law and engaging in humanitarian diplomacy

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