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The Safety Humanitarian Aid Workers in Time of Armed Conflict: A Critical Legal Analysis

Al-Zaqibh, Ahmad Aqeil Mohammad (2010) The Safety Humanitarian Aid Workers in Time of Armed Conflict: A Critical Legal Analysis. PhD. thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

This research explains the meaning of humanitarian workers and the conflict zone in which they carry out their duties to the needy. It also points out that members of independent humanitarian organizations have less protection, legally speaking, than most of them probably think. Two key features of their work neutrality and independence as well as practical steps they take to implement these principles, actually place them outside much of the protection afforded to either civilians or authorized medical staff. Through this research, the international legal protection currently available to independent humanitarian organizations is examined, and consideration on whether there is scope for improvement of both the content of this framework and respect for the same. Beyond the lack of willingness of states to do so for political reasons, some more technical aspects should be emphasized. The implementation of sanctions is too often seen solely through the prism of international law, without enough attention being paid to the complexity and diversity of municipal legal systems. The analysis and discussion also on nature, types and aim of each aid workers as different types of aid workers need different type of protections and the aid workers at the armed conflict areas such as in Afghanistan, Iraq has been highlighted. This research's objective is to analyze the instruments applied to the personnel security in the humanitarian field of armed conflict under or through the international humanitarian law, and to reflect the need to take measures in order to ensure the security of the staff, so that they can indeed reach those civilian people and act on their behalf.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD.)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humanitarian Workers, Conflict Zone, Legal Analysis
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies (COLGIS)
Depositing User: Mr Husni Ismail
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 00:55
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 04:12
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/2419

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