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UNARMED CIVILIAN PROTECTION - STRENGTHENING  CIVILIAN CAPACITIES TO PROTECT CIVILIANS AGAINST VIOLENCE

A joint project of: UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) and Nonviolent Peaceforce

 

 Unarmed strategies must be at the forefront of UN efforts to protect civilians. Humanitarian organizations play essential roles in protecting civilians.

- High-level independent panel on united nations peace operations, 16 June 2015

 

 [W]e heard a few messages again and again. First, the journey from war to sustainable

peace is not possible in the absence of stronger civilian capacity. Without this capacity,

there may be breaks in the fighting but resilient institutions will not take root and the risk

of relapse into violence will remain.

Jean-marie Guéhenno, chair to the Senior advisory Group to the un Secretary

General on Civilian Capacities in the Aftermath of Conflict, March 2011

 

(Published May 9, 2017) More than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by repeated violence (World Bank, 2011). in absolute terms, the unmet need for direct physical protection of civilians against imminent violence has never been greater than it is today. in these contexts, civilians are faced with a wide variety of abuses and human rights violations, including killings, torture, sexual abuse, and forced displacement. in many situations children are abducted or recruited into armed forces; women trafficked for sexual exploitation; and human rights defenders1 imprisoned or killed. even humanitarian aid workers, delivering aid to survivors of war, are not free from intentional (or targeted) attacks. recognizing the overwhelming need, un Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon insists that ‘human protection is a defining purpose of the United Nations in the twenty-first century’ (Ban, K. 2012).  READ MORE HERE

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