The Humanitarians: The International Committee of the Red by David P. Forsythe

By David P. Forsythe

The foreign Committee of the pink pass (ICRC) coordinates the world's greatest inner most aid approach for clash occasions. but regardless of its extremely important position, operations stay mysterious and secretive. This publication examines the ICRC from mid-nineteenth century origins to the current. Taking overseas humanitarian legislations under consideration, David Forsythe specializes in the coverage making and box paintings of the ICRC. He explores the way it workouts its independence impartially to guard prisoners in Iraq, displaced and ravenous civilians in Somalia, and households separated by means of clash within the Israeli-Palestinian clash.

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How could ICRC leaders challenge states, or differ very much from the Swiss state, when certain ICRC members were part of the state? Several ICRC members were part of the Confederation’s official delegation to the 1864 Geneva diplomatic conference that produced the first Geneva Convention for protection of war victims. There was no practice then of seating non-state delegations as observers at diplomatic conferences. Double membership in the ICRC and Swiss public agencies thus has a long history.

See further Amnon Sella, The Value of Human Life in Soviet Warfare (London: Routledge, 1992). Jacques Moreillon, Le Comit´e International de la Croix-Rouge et la protection des d´etenus politiques (Geneva: Institut Henry Dunant, 1973). This remains the most authoritative work on the early years of ICRC efforts for political prisoners, although there is no English edition. However, the situation in Hungary in 1919 was very close to that of an internal armed conflict. See Durand, From Sarajevo, 133.

The Swiss national flag, in turn, borrowed from the flag of the canton of Schwyz. So some might be inclined to say that all of this showed a basically secular rather than religious development. The ICRC sometimes tried to downplay, for the best of reasons, its religious origins. It worked for human dignity in conflicts without regard to religion or – concerning communist states – official atheism. ”41 Red Cross charity derived from Christian charity. 42 One ICRC author said of Max Huber, ICRC President in the 1930s and 1940s, that his “reflections [were] stamped with a high evangelical idealism – for it was in the teaching of the Gospels, and especially in the parable 38 39 40 41 42 This disunity was eventually spelled out for all to see in the Tansley Report of 1975: Agenda for Red Cross (Geneva: Henry Dunant Institute, 1975).

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