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Martin Damary
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Humanitarian agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) commonly agree that there are four major principles that guide their action: neutrality, impartiality, humanity and independence. These four principles interlink, without any one of them being more important than the others. In this...
Diane Paul
Thursday, 18 February 2016
The Global Protection Cluster (GPC), a body chaired by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – the global lead agency for protection – issued an alert on Aleppo on 9 February 2016. This appears to be the first such alert issued by the GPC during the crisis in Syria.1...
Natascha Hryckow
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
In the worlds of geopolitics and crisis management, we again and again hear talk of the need for political solutions to current crises. Increasingly, this focuses on the importance of the political taking precedence over other priorities, both at national and international level. Indeed, the U.N...
Martin Damary
Saturday, 28 June 2014
The core humanitarian principles, commonly understood as the principles of neutrality, impartiality, independence, and humanity, all require reflection on how they translate in practice. A decade ago, Marion Harroff-Tavel pointed out in an article that “people are not born neutral, they...
Natascha Hryckow
Thursday, 5 June 2014
  “ Toute action de l’esprit est aisée si elle n’est pas soumise au réel. - Marcel Proust ” Humanitarian laws and principles were largely formulated and written between 1860 and 1930. Those ideas are being tested by the complex reality of...