ICRC and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: Some recent documents on international humanitarian law and persons with disabilities
International Committee of the Red Cross, “How Law Protects Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict”, 13 December 2017, available at: www.icrc.org/en/document/how-law-protects-persons-disabilities-armed-co… (all internet references were accessed in November 2022).
International Committee of the Red Cross, “Chapter 3: Needs of the Civilian Population in Increasingly Long Conflicts: Selected Issues”, in International Humanitarian Law and the Challenges of Contemporary Armed Conflicts: Recommitting to Protection in Armed Conflict on the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, 2019, available at: www.icrc.org/sites/default/files/document/file_list/challenges-report_t….
33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, “Addressing Mental and Psychosocial Needs of People Affected by Armed Conflicts, Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies”, Resolution 33IC/19/R2, Geneva, Switzerland, 9–12 December 2019, available at: https://pscentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/solution.pdf.
Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, “International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Policy on Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs”, Resolution CD/19/R5, Geneva, Switzerland, 8 December 2019, available at: https://pscentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CD19-R5-Adopted-MHPSS-n….
33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, “Bringing IHL Home: A Road Map for Better National Implementation of International Humanitarian Law”, Resolution 33IC/19/R1, Geneva, Switzerland, 9–12 December 2019, available at: https://rcrcconference.org/app/uploads/2019/12/33IC-R1-Bringing-IHL-hom….
Resolution 33IC/19/R1 contains the following wording (bold emphasis added):
recalling that persons taking no active part in the hostilities shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria,
recognizing that women, men, girls and boys of different ages, disabilities and backgrounds can be affected differently by armed conflict, and that these differences need to be considered when implementing and applying IHL, in order to safeguard adequate protection for all
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calls upon States to protect the most vulnerable people affected by armed conflicts, in particular women, children and persons with disabilities, and to provide that they receive timely, effective humanitarian assistance