The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Please visit www.icrc.org for more information.
The ICRC established a presence in Indonesia in 1979 and in Timor-Leste in 2002. It helps the National Societies improve their capacities in emergency response and restoring family links. It works with the armed forces to encourage the inclusion of IHL in their training, and with the police to foster compliance with international law enforcement standards. It maintains dialogue with ASEAN and other regional bodies and conducts activities with academic institutions to further IHL instruction. It provides the authorities and other pertinent actors with technical support and training in the management of human remains, particularly following emergencies.