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Accountability in War - International Humanitarian Forum, Wolfsberg 2002

14-05-2002

"Accountability in War" is the theme for the 2002 International Humanitarian Forum (IHF) which will take place on 23 and 24 May at Wolfsberg, Switzerland.

   

 

Introduction  

The notion that men, women and children affected by armed conflict are entitled to assistance and protection is unchallenged, and yet the number of victims in need is on the rise. The view that beneficiaries should receive equal attention wherever they may be is widely shared, and yet imbalances in political and public interest are evident.

This is why the ICRC chose "Accountability in War" as the theme for the 2002 International Humanitarian Forum (IHF) which took place on 23 and 24 May at Wolfsberg, Switzerland.

The choice is based on the assumption that those affected by armed conflict have rights and will in coming years increasingly challenge the decisions being made on their behalf in political, humanitarian and other terms. They will demand greater involvement in the planning and evaluation of humanitarian operations, they will demand that political and military decision-makers in conflict zones be made to account for their acts and they will question priorities being set by donor countries in the allocation of resources.

In short, victims of armed conflict will seek a concrete involvement and technology developments will increase the ease and speed with which they will be able to convey their views and express their demands.