IRRC No. 869

A neutral, impartial and independent approach: key to ICRC's acceptance in Iraq

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The article describes the context of the ICRC's operations in Iraq. The many serious attacks and continuing threats to the ICRC delegates, led to a low-visibility presence and required a new modus operandi in which a real presence on the ground was backed up by remote control mechanisms for assistance activities in the most insecure areas. The authors argue that despite inherent security risks, there is room for independent, neutral and impartial humanitarian action in Iraq.

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