Mini Exploring Humanitarian Law: The Essence of Humanitarian Law

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Mini EHL is a resource kit for exploring the principles and basic rules of international humanitarian law (IHL). It consists of five sets of sequential learning activities, each 45 minutes long, designed for use in both formal and non-formal education for young people and other interested groups. It can be used in a half-day workshop or spread out over five separate sessions.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.