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The Role of International Law in Humanitarian Assistance Link
The Role of Islam in Shaping the Future of Afghanistan

In the aftermath of the attacks against the United States on September 11 and the resulting conflict in Afghanistan, Western analysts and the media have referred extensively to Islamic notions such as shura, fatwa, shari’a, madrasa, and jihad in their reports on the region. Little information...

Oct 2001
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  • The Role of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding in Civilian Protection

    The past several decades have seen a dramatic proliferation of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding (MRF) missions mandated by governments and international organizations. In the recent session of the United Nations Human Rights Council alone, the Council discussed the most recent report of...

    Apr 2015
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  • The Separation Barrier and International Humanitarian Law

    This briefing note discusses the legal implications under international humanitarian law (IHL) of erecting and maintaining a separation barrier in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). The main objective of this note is to review the applicable IHL rules and present the various legal...

    Feb 2004
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  • The Signal Code: A Human Rights Approach to Information During Crisis

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    The Signal Code is the result of a six month study by the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to...

    Jan 2017
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  • The Temporal Scope of Application of International Humanitarian Law in Contemporary Conflicts

    When does the application of international humanitarian law properly begin and end in modern conflicts? Classical international law distinguished three types of armed conflict: (1) war; (2) civil war; and (3) armed hostilities short of war. The laws of war were applicable in time of war--from...

    Jun 2004
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  • The Typhoon Haiyan Response: Strengthening Coordination among Philippine Government, Civil Society, and International Actors

    Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines in November 2013, claiming more than 6,300 lives, displacing more than 4 million people, and disrupting the economy and livelihoods in some of the country’s poorest regions for years to come.

    The Haiyan response has been held up as a...

    Mar 2016
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  • The way we were trying to protect ourselves from the brutalities

    The way we were trying to protect ourselves from the brutalities of the rebels, if they come, being people who believed in God, we could pray. If God allows you to go hide in the bush with our children - that would be entirely depending on good luck, and there one could hide with their...

    The World Humanitarian Summit: Outcomes and Reflections

    The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) convened 9,000 representatives from humanitarian agencies, governments, crisis-affected communities, and the private sector. Driven by a consensus that the current humanitarian system is unable to cope with the intensifying needs of populations affected by...

    Jun 2016
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  • Théo Boutruche

    Théo Boutruche holds a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) and from the Aix-Marseille Faculty of Law (France).  He is currently the Post-Conflict Legal Adviser at REDRESS in London.  Previously, he worked...

    There were families who suffered heavy loss

    There were families who suffered heavy loss of lives of their family members and counseling was very important. People counseled one another while in problem so that they could become more resilient. U04

    There were some children who would want to return from abduction

    There were some children who would want to return from abduction and working as soldiers already in the LRA, but feared returning home because they were told they would be killed...Organizations which helped to rehabilitate these people had come up already such as World Vision. So we...

    There were some of those abductees who feared coming out

    There were some of those abductees who feared coming out from the bush but some people encouraged them to get out from abduction. I helped about five of them. When I got them I first took them home and gave them some food to eat before referring them to authorities who could take them to...

    Theresa Betancourt
    This report is the outcome of a series of discussions with Afghans in Mash’had and Zahedan, Iran, in April 2002. The participants in these discussions were mainly members of Afghan community-based groups, known for their charitable activities for Afghan r

    This report summarizes the principal results of a series of conversations with Afghans in Kabul and Peshawar in March and April 2002. In Kabul, the HPCR conducted a series of interviews as well as group discussions with community leaders. In Peshawar, the Program hosted a twoday roundtable...

    Apr 2002
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  • Thomas Bossert
    Tilly Alcayna

    Tilly Alcayna is a Research Consultant for the DisasterNet project which focuses on supporting local and national capacity for disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines, as part of the Resilient Communities Program. Previously, Tilly has worked in the Philippines for a DFID/VSO...

    Time to confront sexual abuse and harassment in the aid sector
    Timothy B. Erickson

    Dr. Timothy B. Erickson is a new HHI Core Faculty member with expertise in environmental toxicology and crisis in climate change. He also has active humanitarian health projects in conflict regions of Ukraine and Syria.

    Dr. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and...

    Timothy Erickson
    Tina Comes

    Dr. Comes is Deputy Director of the Centre for Integrated Emergency Management, University of Agder, Norway, Co-Director of the Disaster Resilience Lab, a joint initiative of UiA and Tilburg University and Associate Professor, Department for ICT, University of Agder (UiA), Norway. During her...

    Tino Kreutzer

    Tino Kreutzer is Program Manager at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is based in Cambridge, MA. At HHI he coordinates the development of ...

    To me what I saw happening was that during those times

    To me what I saw happening was that during those times, sometimes you find that when the rebels come, some people would run to the bushes without picking or carrying any food stuff. So for those who were able, they would give food to help those without anything to eat. Secondly, there were...

    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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  • Towards a Common Security Framework: Securing Access and Managing Risks in Hazardous Missions

    International agencies are facing increasing levels of threats against their staff and activities in many of their operations. Since the end of the Cold War, these agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental alike, have been called to work more intensely in conflict areas.1 These areas have...

    Oct 2004
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