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International Humanitarian Law

Aid for Afghanistan Coalition Statement: The Passage of Bill C-41, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

June 20, 2023 - The Aid for Afghanistan Coalition welcomes the adoption of Bill C-41 as a first step in enabling Canadian aid organizations to provide crucial humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and other similar contexts.

Syria: Humanitarian convoys must not be targeted

February 10, 2014 - On Saturday, February 8, after several hours of negotiation, trucks from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) loaded with humanitarian aid and accompanied by a United Nations vehicle, entered the old town of Homs in Syria.

Canadian Red Cross deplores the deaths of Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid workers, now confirmed at 31

November 14, 2013 -

Last week, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent confirmed nine more deaths among their aid workers, bringing the number of Red Crescent workers in Syria who have died while delivering humanitarian services to 31. The confirmation came after the National Society re-established contact with two of its sub-branches, which were cut off due to on-going clashes in the area. This includes the loss of a worker who was transporting an injured person in a clearly marked Red Crescent ambulance.

Canadian Red Cross Secretary General and CEO condemns attack on ICRC Afghanistan office in Jalalabad

May 30, 2013 - “The Canadian Red Cross extends its condolences to the Afghan guard’s family and echoes the sentiments of our colleagues at the ICRC in condemning this attack on the Jalalabad office. Flags on Canadian Red Cross buildings across the country are being lowered for three days, as an expression of our support.

Canadian Red Cross Secretary General and CEO condemns attack on ICRC Afghanistan office in Jalalabad

May 30, 2013 -

Today, Conrad Sauvé, Secretary General and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross, issued the following statement:

"Yesterday, we learned that an attack had been perpetrated on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. Sadly, Afghan staff member Abdul Bashir Khan, the father of eight children, was killed in the attack."

Syria: Red Cross Red Crescent Movement deplores killing of aid worker

July 10, 2012 -

A Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff member, Khaled Khaffaji, was shot last night in Deir Ezzor, eastern Syria, and died today.

Syria: ICRC-SARC condemn strongly the killing of a volunteer

June 25, 2012 -

A volunteer for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Bashar al-Youssef, was shot and killed Friday in Deir Ezzor, in eastern Syria.

Yemen: ICRC staff member killed in Abyan

June 20, 2012 -

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply shocked and dismayed by the death of one of its staff members, Hussein Saleh, who was killed yesterday morning while on duty in the north of Abyan governorate, Yemen.

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