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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

References and further reading

General protection: Background and tools

Caritas Australia, CARE Australia, Oxfam Australia and World Vision Australia (2008), Minimum Agency Standards for Incorporating Protection into Humanitarian Response – Field Testing Version.

Giossi Caverzasio, S (2001), Strengthening Protection in War – A Search for Professional Standards. Ref 0783. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Geneva.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) (2002), Growing the Sheltering Tree – Protecting Rights through Humanitarian Action – Programmes & practices gathered from the field. Geneva.

IASC (2010), Operational Guidelines and Manual for the Protection of Persons Affected by Natural Disasters.

ICRC (2009), Professional standards for protection work carried out by humanitarian and human rights actors in armed conflict and other situations of violence. Geneva. or,THEMGUIDE,,,4b39cba52,0.html

ICRC (2008), Enhancing protection for civilians in armed conflict and other situations of violence. Geneva.

O’Callaghan, S and Pantuliano, S (2007), Incorporating Civilian Protection into Humanitarian Response. HPG Report 26. Overseas Development Insitute (ODI). London.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (2009), Aide Mémoire: For the Consideration of Issues Pertaining for the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. New York.

Slim, H and Bonwick, A (2005), Protection – an ALNAP guide for humanitarian agencies. ODI. London.

Specific standards for protection


ICRC, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, UNICEF, UNHCR and World Vision (2004), Interagency Guiding Principles on Unaccompanied and Separated Children. Geneva.

UNICEF (2007), Paris Principles and Commitments to Protect Children from Unlawful recruitment or Use by Armed Forces or Groups. Paris

UN Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (UN-DDR) (2006), Integrated Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration Standards. New York. and


Handicap International (2006), Protection – Issues for People with Disabilities and Injuries.

Handicap International (2008), Toolkit on Protection of Persons with Disabilities.

Gender-based violence

IASC (2005), Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings – Focusing on the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Emergencies. Geneva.

World Health Organization (WHO) (2007), Ethical and safety recommendations for researching, documenting and monitoring sexual violence in emergencies. Geneva.

Housing, land and property rights

Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons. E/CN.4/SUB.2/RES/2005/21. “Pinheiro Principles”.

Global Land Tool Network and Early Recovery Cluster (2010), Land and natural disasters – Guidance for Practitioners. UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Nairobi.

Global Protection Cluster, Housing, Land And Property Area of Responsibility (2009), Checklist of Housing, Land and Property Rights and Broader Land Issues Throughout the Displacement Timeline from Emergency to Recovery.$file/HC%20Checklist%20on%20HLP%20and%20Land%20Issues_Final2.pdf

Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, FAO, OCHA, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN-HABITAT and UNHCR (2007), Handbook on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons. Implementing the 'Pinheiro Principles', IASC. Geneva.

Internally displaced persons

Bagshaw, S and Paul, D (2004), Protect or Neglect? Towards a More Effective United Nations Approach to the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons – An Evaluation. Brookings-SAIS Project on Internal Displacement and UNOCHA, Interagency Internal Displacement Division. Washington DC.

Brookings Institution – University of Bern Project of Internal Displacement (2005), Addressing Internal Displacement: A Framework for National Responsibility. Washington DC.

Global Protection Cluster (2010), Handbook for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons.

IASC (2004). Implementing the Collaborative Approach to Situations of Internal Displacement – Guidance for UN Humanitarian and/or Resident Coordinators.

IASC (2010), Framework on Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons.

UN Economic and Social Council (1998), UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. E/CN.4/1998/53/Add.2. or

Mental health and psychosocial support

IASC (2007), IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support.

IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (2010), Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) In Humanitarian Emergencies: What Should Protection Programme Managers Know.

Mine action

The International Mine Action Standards (IMAS):

Older people

IASC (2008), Humanitarian Action and Older Persons – An essential brief for humanitarian actors. WHO-HelpAge International.