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World Humanitarian Day: Aid in Danger event at the Overseas Development Institute 


On World Humanitarian Day, the Overseas Development Institute launched the book Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism, by Larissa Fast. Sarah Cotton from ICRC UK joined the panel to discuss the book and the problem of increasing violence directed towards aid in conflict.

Larissa revealed that increasing attacks on humanitarian staff in conflict have led to155 aid workers being killed in the past year, and suggested what she saw as the factors driving such attacks. Here you can see the response to Larissa’s presentation (YouTube link) from Sarah Cotton, as well as Sara Pantuliano of the Humanitarian Policy Group and Rae McGrath from Mercy Corps. The panel illustrate the real world challenges organizations face when it comes to keeping staff safe and ensuring aid gets delivered to those in need.

Highlights

  • United Kingdom: Bridging the transatlantic divide - the second annual dialogue on international humanitarian law and armed conflict

    Historic Pembroke College, Oxford was the host of a 2-day workshop last week which brought together academics, government and military lawyers from the UK, US, Canada, continental Europe and Israel. The Transatlantic Dialogue on International Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict, now in its second year, aimed to stimulate debate and discussion on thorny issues faced by those tasked with putting IHL, also known as the law of armed conflict or law of war, into practice.


  • South Sudan. The men's ward at Bor Hospital. United Kingdom: Conflict poses fundamental obstacle to safe health care, ICRC tells inquiry

    Receiving safe and effective treatment when we are unwell or injured is vital for our health. Yet in times of war and violence, even getting help for common ailments or chronic conditions, not to say severe wounds, can be impossible. The ICRC has told a House of Commons inquiry more must be done to protect millions left without life-saving help when violence erupts.


  • Lebanon: Helping Syrian refugees and host communities

    The arrival of over a million refugees from Syria in Lebanon, a country of four million people, has impacted everything from health care to education. Our head of delegation in Beirut, Fabrizzio Carboni, explains how we are helping host communities and refugees with food assistance, water network repairs and hospital care for wounded coming across the border.


  • Business, violence and conflict: complex solutions for complex environments

    No single organization or State can end business involvement in human rights abuses and humanitarian law violations in conflict zones. That was the conclusion of a panel discussion in London on the value of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) in improving the conduct of firms and their employees working amid violence.


  • ICRC delegate Mark Thomlinson on the road in Jammu. Getting the picture: working as a new detention delegate in India

    In his second diary entry, new delegate Mark Thomlinson explains his detention work for the ICRC. Mark, who is from Britain, visits people detained in connection with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir – this often means those who are accused of having taken up arms in pursuit of an independent or Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The goal of ICRC prison visits worldwide is to ensure those detained are treated with dignity and humanity, have access to family contacts and are subject to due legal process.


  • War, protection and the law: President Peter Maurer on challenges the ICRC faces

    The ICRC wants greater respect for existing laws of war and gaps filled in existing laws which leave civilians, the sick and the wounded vulnerable at times of conflict. Those were the core concerns raised by ICRC President Peter Maurer in a speech in London on the state of international humanitarian law.


  • United Kingdom: Crash course in law of armed conflict for Muslim NGOs

    Practical dilemmas and the universal relevance of the law governing armed conflict were at the forefront of a 2-day workshop for Muslim NGOs organized by the ICRC, Muslim Charities Forum and the British Red Cross.


  • Northern Ireland: In and out of trouble

    Street violence, intimidation and sectarian tension still mar the lives of young people across Northern Ireland, despite ceasefires and a peace agreement that ended large-scale conflict.


  • Northern Ireland: Time to choose

    Paramilitary groups still exert a strong grip over some communities in Northern Ireland. They attack or exile young people as punishment for alleged crimes, particularly in Republican areas where local people prefer not to deal with the police.


Events

Events in the UK and Ireland

Is there still a place for impartial humanitarianism?

4 September 2014, 6-7pm, Chatham House, London. Speaker: Yves Daccord, Director-General, ICRC.

Cambridge UK: British Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Summer School

14 - 17 September 2014, Madgalene College, Cambridge. The British Red Cross will hold its biennial Summer School on International Humanitarian Law in September 2014.  This residential course is aimed at people with a professional interest in the practical application of IHL.


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