Non Discrimination The Convention applies to all children whatever their race

Non discrimination the convention applies to all

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Non-Discrimination : The Convention applies to all children, whatever their race, religion or abilities; whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. It doesn’t matter where children live, what language they speak, what their parents do, whether they are boys or girls, what their culture is, whether they have a disability or whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis. Table 1. What challenges are there to the principle of non-discrimination when undertaking humanitarian action during conflict? The challenge of eliminating discrimination in humanitarian action rests in part with the methods used to target aid for affected communities. Emergency relief may result in the provision of goods and services to the target group which is superior than those supplied to people of the same country who are not directly crisis-affected. Discrepancies at times exist even between two different crisis-affected groups. For example, following the Indonesian Tsunami (2004), initially a disproportionate amount of aid flowed to the tsunami-affected group, while those persons living in conflict-affected areas (including tsunami IDPs), and who were worse off in terms of basic health and nutrition indicators, received less attention. 1 1.2.2 International Humanitarian Law, Soft Law and Humanitarian Principles In addition to the CRC, provisions for protecting children during humanitarian crises draw from the broader framework of international law including international human rights law, international humanitarian law, refugee law and international criminal law. In addition to international conventions, relevant UN Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement and other soft law instruments provide normative frameworks for protection. During humanitarian crises, humanitarian principles should guide all action including: The Humanitarian Imperative – All humankind shall be treated humanely in all circumstances by saving lives and alleviating suffering, while ensuring respect for the individual. Neutrality – A commitment not to take sides in hostilities or in controversies based on political, racial, religious or ideological identity. Transparency and openness are critical in maintaining neutrality. In keeping with human rights principles, neutrality does not imply, however, that no action against particular child rights violations should be undertaken. In other words, relief agencies are to take no other side than the side of children. Neutrality requires that humanitarian actors be clear about the specific and limited military assets which can be used only as a last resort, and provided the relief operation remains under the overall authority and control of humanitarian organizations.
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