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Unformatted text preview: sible mission of converting the world to democracy and free markets, while at the same time destroying its own republic. SLHS Value File Humanitarianism THE PRINCIPLES OF HUMANITARIANISM SERVE THE FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSES OF ALLEVIATING SUFFERING AND BUILDING TRUST. Nicolas de Torrente, Executive Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres, 2004. "Humanitarian Action under Attack: Reflections on the Iraq War," Harvard Environmental Law Review, p. 4. The most important principles of humanitarian action are humanity, which posits the conviction that all people have equal dignity by virtue of their membership in humanity, impartiality, which directs that assistance is provided based solely on need, without discrimination among recipients, neutrality, which stipulates that humanitarian organizations must refrain from taking part in hostilities or taking actions that advantage one side of the conflict over another, and independence, which is necessary to ensure that humanitarian action only serves the interests of war victims, and not political, religious, or other agendas. These fundamental principles serve two essential purposes. They embody humanitarian action's single-minded purpose of alleviating suffering, unconditionally and without any ulterior motive. They also serve as operational tools that help in obtaining both the consent of belligerents and the trust of communities for the presence and activities of humanitarian organizations, particularly in highly volatile contexts. Humanitarian organizations actively seek to alleviate suffering, and their actions and statements necessarily have an impact on a conflict. HUMANITARIAN RELIEF IS JUSTIFIED IF IT IS NECESSARY AND IT DOESN'T IMPAIR MILITARY ACTIONS. Anderson Kenneth , Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University and Research Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2004. Humanitarian Inviolability in Crisis: The Meaning of Impartiality and Neutrality for U.N. and NGO Agencies Following the 2003-2004 Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts, The Harvard Environmental Law Review, p.55. Put d...
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