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Annotated Bibliography - Islamic Law and the Protection of Civilians

In line with its mission to advance effective strategies for the protection of civilians during armed conflict, HPCR undertakes a variety of academic and research initiatives to identify the political, economic, and cultural factors that affect the conduct of hostilities and ultimately shape the...

Jun 2012
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  • Peace Building and Humanitarian Engagement

    The scope and character of peace-building and stabilization missions significantly affect the work of humanitarian actors. Across a range of contexts, humanitarian actors must balance principled action alongside considerations of peace. An operational format that gained traction in Boutros-Ghali...

    Jun 2012
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  • Countering Terror in Humanitarian Crises: The Challenges of Delivering Aid to Somalia Jun 2012
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    Jun 2012
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  • Annotated Bibliography - Human Rights and Armed Conflict

    In line with its mission to engage in critical examination of humanitarian and conflict policy, HPCR undertakes a variety of academic and research initiatives to identify significant developments in Humanitarian and Human Right Law. As part of this research, in 2010 HPCR established a thematic...

    Jun 2012
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  • Annotated Bibliography - Human Rights and Armed Conflict

    In line with its mission to engage in critical examination of humanitarian and conflict policy, HPCR undertakes a variety of academic and research initiatives to identify significant developments in Humanitarian and Human Right Law. As part of this research, in 2010 HPCR established a thematic...

    Jun 2012
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  • A Tale of Two Conflicts: an Unexpected Reading of Sexual Violence in Conflict through the Cases of Colombia and Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (‘DRC’) has been called “the rape capital of the world” while Colombia was known in the late 1990s as “the murder capital of the world”. What do these capitals of crime have in common? Both countries have been plagued by conflict-related violence, including...

    Apr 2012
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  • Pipeline: Evidence of the Destruction of Key Oil Infrastructure

    The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery captured 15 April 2012, has found evidence of the destruction of key oil pipeline infrastructure in Heglig, South Kordofan, Sudan. SSP has also found cratering...

    Apr 2012
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  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

    Human rights norms are playing an increasingly important role in humanitarian action. Yet there seems to be a growing confusion on the distinct origins and nuances of these bodies of law among practitioners engaged in humanitarian protection. This conflation has sometimes weakened...

    Apr 2012
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  • Escalation: Evidence of SAF and SPLA Combat Operations

    The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has confirmed through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery that Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) have deployed a significantly increased number of combat capable air assets within range of South Sudan’s border and...

    Apr 2012
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  • Building Effective Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Mechanisms

    In recent decades, the international community has exhibited an increased devotion to civilian protection and promotion of international legal accountability. To activate this sense of responsibility, during armed conflicts and internal disturbances, international actors have created...

    Apr 2012
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  • Impact: Indiscriminate Bombardment by a SAF Antonov, South Kordofan, Sudan

    The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), through Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s analysis of ...

    Mar 2012
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  • Empowering beneficiaries: Humanitarian professionals at a crossroads?

    Humanitarian organizations face an inevitable tension that arises from two separate accountability structures. One framework, established by Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, holds organizations accountable to host states and donor states. A second framework, the human...

    Mar 2012
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  • Engaging African Voices on Kony

    A critical perspective has been missing from the conversation resulting from the Kony 2012 campaign: that of those currently living in Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) affected areas.The voices of affected individuals and communities should be at the center of this swelling chorus of opinions...

    Mar 2012
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  • Toward Guidelines for Humanitarian Standards and Operations in Urban Settings

    Rapid urbanization represents the most significant demographic change of the twenty-first century. 2008 marked the first time in human history that over half of the world population lived in urban settings. The process of urbanization, fueled by economic and social foreces, has particularly...

    Mar 2012
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  • Humanitarian Action under Scrutiny: Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement

    The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR) is a research and policy program based at the Harvard School of Public Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Program is engaged in research and advisory services on humanitarian operations and the protection...

    Feb 2012
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  • The Integration of Humanitarian Action in Political and Security Missions

    In 2000, the Brahimi Report on United Nations (UN) Peace Operationsproposed a set of sweeping reforms geared toward building integrated UN peacekeeping missions. These proposals ushered in a series of structural...

    Feb 2012
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  • Status of Humanitarian Reform

    The humanitarian reform process, initiated by the United Nations in 2005, aimed to remedy gaps in humanitarian operations and improve the timeliness, effectiveness, and predictability of aid delivery. The reform process sought to achieve these goals through three separate but complementary...

    Feb 2012
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  • Siege: Evidence of SAF Encirclement of the Kauda Valley

    Based on the totality of the evidence presented in this report, the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) is issuing a human security alert for the Nuba Mountains region of South Kordofan, including the Kauda Valley. A human security alert is issued by SSP when evidence is collected indicating...

    Jan 2012
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  • Chokepoint: Evidence of SAF Control of Refugee Route to South Sudan

    Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), through HHI’s analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, has confirmed that at least a battalion sized unit of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) appear to control the main route civilians reportedly use to flee South Kordofan for Yida refugee camp. The interior of...

    Jan 2012
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  • Chokepoint: Evidence of SAF Control of Refugee Route to South Sudan

    Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), through HHI’s analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, has confirmed that at least a battalion sized unit of Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) appear to control the main route civilians reportedly use to flee South Kordofan for Yida refugee camp. The interior of...

    Jan 2012
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  • NGOs’ Rights and Responsibilities for Humanitarian Access

    In recent years, humanitarian organizations have seen a rise in constraints on their access to vulnerable populations in times of conflict or internal disturbance. While international law provides important bases for humanitarian NGOs to obtain access to populations in need, it also...

    Dec 2011
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  • Blue Nile Burning: Evidence of the Destruction of 'Amara Village

    The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, has identified evidence of the intentional destruction of at least thirty-three structures largely consistent with civilian dwellings in the vicinity of `Amara,...

    Dec 2011
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  • A Blueprint for the Development of Prevention and Preparedness Indicators for Urban Humanitarian Crises

    As rapid urbanization creates complex environments that concentrate the risks and hazards of man-made and natural disasters, it also presents a vital advantage that must be exploited. Urban humanitarian emergencies by their very nature occur within the geo-political sphere of a governing body,...

    Dec 2011
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  • Mitigation to Prevention and Rehabilitation: The Changing Scope of Humanitarian Action

    Humanitarians are continually charged with the reevaluation of their work based on the evolution of conflicts and disasters. No longer satisfied with simply providing relief in times of crisis, the frontier of humanitarian action has expanded to include not only life-saving assistance but...

    Nov 2011
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