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All lives are equal but some lives are more equal than others: staff security and civilian protection in the humanitarian sector

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dc.contributor.author Bradley, Miriam
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T10:17:38Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T10:17:38Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Bradley M. All lives are equal but some lives are more equal than others: staff security and civilian protection in the humanitarian sector. Journal of Humanitarian Affairs. 2019 May;1(2):13-22. DOI 10.7227/JHA.013
dc.identifier.issn 2515-6411
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/43655
dc.description.abstract In 2015, Action Contre la Faim launched a campaign calling on the UN to create a new post, that of a Special Rapporteur for the protection of humanitarian aid workers. Critics of the proposal claimed, inter alia, that creating such a post would imply that aid workers were a special category of civilians, worthy of protection over and above that accorded the wider population in the contexts in which they work.1 This raises an important issue which runs deeper than the campaign for a Special Rapporteur. The present article argues that, with or without such a post, the current situation is one in which humanitarian agencies treat aid workers as distinct and separate from the wider civilian population, and take significantly different measures for the safety of their staff from those they take for other civilians. For the most part, the distinction and associated differences are uncritically accepted, and this article sets out to challenge such acceptance by highlighting the nature of the differences, assessing possible explanations for the underlying distinction and considering its implications. Through this analysis, the article argues that this distinction not only reflects but also reinforces an unequal valuing of lives internationally.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Manchester University Press
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Humanitarian Affairs. 2019 May;1(2):13-22
dc.rights This is an Open Access article published under the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence https://creativecommons.org/licences/by-nc-nd/4.0
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licences/by-nc-nd/4.0
dc.title All lives are equal but some lives are more equal than others: staff security and civilian protection in the humanitarian sector
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/JHA.013
dc.subject.keyword Aid-worker security
dc.subject.keyword Civilian protection
dc.subject.keyword Bunkerisation
dc.subject.keyword Humanitarian advocacy
dc.subject.keyword Humanity
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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