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International Committee of the Red Cross

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 war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeavors to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

For more information visit the ICRC web-site at: http://www.icrc.org


Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Permanent Council

The Committee on Political and Juridical Affairs of the Organization of American States is a specialized committee of the Permanent Council. The Permanent Council, one of the organs by means of which the Organization accomplishes its purposes, is under the direct authority of the General Assembly. The Council comprises one representative for each Member State, who is especially appointed by the respective government with the rank of ambassador. Chapter XII of the Charter stipulates the functions and responsibilities of the Permanent Council. It takes up any matter entrusted to it by the General Assembly or the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The Council sees to the maintenance of friendly relations among the member States and assists them in the peaceful settlement of their disputes. It also acts as Preparatory Committee of the General Assembly unless the latter decides otherwise.

The current President of the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs is Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico.

For more information visit the CJPA web-site at: http://www.oas.org/


Department of Legal Cooperation and Information

The Department of Legal Cooperation and Information of the General Secretariat is responsible for working with the Member States in the development of legal cooperation projects. The Department is charged with, among other things, the coordination and organization of meetings aimed at developing specific technical aspects concerning legal and judicial cooperation. The Department is also responsible for developing programs and projects of technical cooperation on the different aspects of legal activity as they pertain to the Inter-American System.

For more information visit the Inter-American System of Legal Information database at: http://www.oas.org/juridico/english/Default.htm

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