The tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes which hit parts of Asia and the Americas in 2004/2005 highlighted the need to be attentive to the multiple human rights challenges that affected persons may face. All too often their human rights are not sufficiently taken into account. Experience has shown that, while patterns of discrimination and disregard for economic, social and cultural rights may already emerge during the emergency phase of a disaster, the longer a displacement situation continues, the greater the risk is for human rights violations.
Human rights are a bedrock requirement for the realization of the United Nations Charter’s vision. Although some UN agencies have expressly designated mandates, and possess specialized technical expertise in different aspects of the promotion, protection and realization of human rights, it is incumbent on all entities to address human rights concerns as part of their routine work programme. The guidance note provides Humanitarian Coordinators (HCs) with a specific, clear and field-oriented tool to facilitate the integration of human rights into humanitarian action.
This document seeks to respond to questions commonly asked by humanitarian workers. The questions are on the legal framework that serves as a basis for assistance and protection activities in situations of armed conflict. It sets out the relevant international instruments and offers examples of their provisions and application.The list responds to questions, such as:
Recognizing that people working in zones of conflict or under oppressive regimes, have already developed many innovative methods and programmes to prevent or mitigate abuses, it was decided to identify and share these practices in the hope that they could be adapted for use by humanitarian colleagues also working in difficult circumstances. The Growing the Sheltering Tree Project includes a book, containing programmes and practices gathered from the field, and this interactive website.The book contains six chapters:
IASC Policy Statement on Regroupment in BurundiStatement on humanitarian assistance to forcibly relocated communities in Burundi19 January 2000The IASC Principals issued the following assessment of humanitarian assistance to forcibly relocated communities in Burundi: