Human Rights and Natural Disasters - Operational Guidelines and Field Manual on Human Rights Protection in Situations of Natural Disaster
Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Brookings Institution, Pilot Version, March 2008, Web posted May 12, 2008, 93p
"Although disasters could happen suddenly, their consequences can be long to remedy and can linger on for months and years. The effects can increase inequalities in life and society. Therefore, it is important to review how governments and humanitarian efforts integrate human rights into their disaster preparedness and response." Human rights have to be the basis for all humanitarian work pertaining to natural disasters. If humanitarian assistance is not based on a human rights framework, there is a risk that the focus will be too narrow and the basic needs of the victims will not be integrated into a holistic planning process. In order to provide guidance on how to protect the rights of individuals affected by natural disasters, the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) adopted Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters. The report is drafted as an accompaniment to the IASC guidelines.
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H11 /03-08 posted July 10, 2008