The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was established in 1863 with the aim of helping people affected by conflict and armed violence, and promoting the laws that protect victims of war.
The Committee functions as an independent and neutral organisation dedicated to humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence. Its work focuses on taking action in response to emergencies and promoting respect for international humanitarian laws and its implementation in national law. The main area of activity of the ICRC include, among others, building respect for the law, economic security, enabling people with disabilities, forensic science and humanitarian action, health, and humanitarian diplomacy.
The use of weapons is one of the focus area of the ICRC, and, it this respect, the Committee also pays attention to issues related to cyberwarfare and the use of autonomous weapon systems. The Committee is of the view that any use of cyber capabilities in armed conflict must be in line with international humanitarian law.