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New Toolkit for Responding to Violence against Humanitarian Action

Violence against humanitarian actors and operations remains an unfortunate reality in many of today’s conflict zones. Just this year, the Aid Worker Security Database documented major incidents resulting in the deaths of aid workers – nearly all national staff – in emergency settings across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Humanitarian Community Speaks Out on Violence Against Aid Workers in Afghanistan

Earlier this week, at least 7 people were killed and 31 injured in a devastating and targeted attack on Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. A local affiliate of the so-called Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside the compound’s gate, and then gunmen stormed the premises. 

Why giving cash, not clothing, is usually best after disasters

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here.  

Between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other government entities, nonprofits large and small, and contributions from concerned individuals, a massive Hurricane Harvey relief effort is taking shape.

In Search of International Disaster Law

The pattern will be familiar to anyone working in international disaster response. In the immediate aftermath of a large-scale earthquake, hurricane or Tsunami, domestic responders are quickly overwhelmed, and offers of international aid begin pouring in. By filling gaps in local relief efforts, this international assistance can make a critical difference in the lives of disaster-affected people.

Another Year of Impunity for Attacks on Healthcare

It’s been over a year since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2286 condemning attacks on medical facilities and personnel in conflict, and calling for an end to impunity. Yet as a series of new reports indicate, attacks on healthcare are more prevalent than ever, and accountability remains just as far afield.

Tracking violence against healthcare

Revised Executive Order on Muslim Immigration and Refugees Continues to Betray Humanitarian Values and American Security

On 6 March 2017, the Trump administration signed a revised executive order banning entry into the U.S. by nationals of six Muslim-majority countries – Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – for 90 days, suspending refugee resettlement for 120 days, and lowering the number of refugees admitted to the U.S.

Alternative Mechanisms for Pursuing Accountability in Syria

“Flouting the most basic rules governing the conduct of war has become contagious,” wrote U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his report for the World Humanitarian Summit last year.

Responsibility for Civilian Casualties in Yemen

As the conflict in Yemen continues, civilian casualties are reaching alarming levels. At least 10,000 people have been killed and thousands wounded since March 2015, at a rate of thirteen civilian casualties per day.

The Gendering of Genocide: ISIS’s Crimes Against the Yazidis

ISIS is committing genocide and other international crimes against the Yazidi minority in Iraq and Syria, as determined by the latest report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

From Transit to Reception: A New Reality for Refugees in Greece

“We do not face a refugee crisis, but a reception crisis,” is a common refrain heard in Greece these days, though it’s arguably applicable to Europe as a whole. For one, while the number of refugees arriving in Europe has been unprecedented, it remains a fairly small proportion of the total number of displaced persons around the globe.


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