How to use this chapter
Humanitarian action consists of two main pillars: protection and assistance. Much of this Handbook, in particular the technical chapters, falls within the remit of assistance, while this chapter focuses on protection. Building on the Humanitarian Charter, it addresses the question of how humanitarian agencies can contribute to the protection of those faced with the threat of violence or coercion. More generally, it is concerned with the role of agencies in ensuring respect for and fulfilment of the rights articulated in the Charter, including access to assistance. The chapter is divided into two sections:
Anintroduction, which sets out the general responsibilities of all who are involved in humanitarian response to help protect the affected population and ensure respect for their rights.
- Four Protection Principles, which underpin all humanitarian action and encompass the basic elements of protection in the context of humanitarian response. They are accompanied by guidance notes, which further elaborate the role of humanitarian agencies in protection. A reference section includes other standards and materials relating to more specialised areas of protection.