- Humanity refers to the provision of aid to all who are in need, wherever the need exists, with the purpose to protect and respect all human beings
- Neutrality is the responsibility of aid organisations not to choose sides in a conflict or to favour a particular political, religious or ideological bent
- Impartiality demands that aid be given based on need alone, not on any other distinctions including gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, class, political party or religious belief
- Independence refers to the requirement that aid organisations are autonomous from any political or military objectives or with those goals in mind
Your taskRead OCHA on Message: Humanitarian Principles and the short summary of the 10 IFRC core principles on the code of conduct or The Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NonGovernmental Organisations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief which explains each principle in more detail.How should agencies and organisations involved in response demonstrate that their practice is aligned to the humanitarian principles? Do the principles apply to all actors in emergency situations?Discuss your ideas in the comments.
ReferencesUNHCR (n.d) UNHCR Emergency Handbook [online] available from https://emergency.unhcr.org/entry/250617/humanitarian-principles [10 May 2019].
Humanitarian Action, Response and Relief
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