The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action

The Politics of Protection The Limits of Humanitarian Action For the past decade humanitarian actors have increasingly sought not only to assist people affected by conflicts and natural disasters but also to protect them At the same time protection of civili

  • Title: The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action
  • Author: Elizabeth G. Ferris
  • ISBN: 9780815721376
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • For the past decade, humanitarian actors have increasingly sought not only to assist people affected by conflicts and natural disasters, but also to protect them At the same time, protection of civilians has become central to UN peacekeeping operations, and the UN General Assembly has endorsed the principle that the international community has the responsibility to proteFor the past decade, humanitarian actors have increasingly sought not only to assist people affected by conflicts and natural disasters, but also to protect them At the same time, protection of civilians has become central to UN peacekeeping operations, and the UN General Assembly has endorsed the principle that the international community has the responsibility to protect people when their governments cannot or will not do so Elizabeth Ferris explores the evolution of the international community s understandings of protection, with a particular emphasis on the humanitarian community Protection is a noble word, with positive connotations, but what does it actually mean in practice Does providing assistance to vulnerable people protect them, for example Does monitoring the number of rapes protect women Does increased engagement in protection activities by humanitarian agencies jeopardize the cornerstone humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality In The Politics of Protection, Ferris examines inconsistent ways in which protection is defined and applied For example, why do certain groups receive international protection while other equally needy groups do not Her case studies, ranging from Iraq to Katrina, illustrate the challenges and limitations of protecting vulnerable populations from the ravages of war and natural disasters Ferris argues that the protection paradigms currently in use are inadequate to meet the challenges of the future, such as climate change, protracted displacement, and the changing nature of warfare.

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    1. Wendy

      Very readable and comprehensive account of the wide scope of activities that fall under the umbrella of "protection" within the humanitarian community. Looks at the evolution of protection from the perspective of international humanitarian law (ie, the law of conflict), international human rights law, and refugee law, then examines how protection is effected in a wide range of circumstances, from civilians in conflict to refugees, from natural disaster IDPs to protection of humanitarian staff.

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