Thursday, March 4, 2010
Another interesting news report from the BBC tells of Save the Children's concern that military support of NGO humanitarian efforts in war torn regions converts NGO's from impartial humanitarian actors to legitimate military targets.
Save the Children said the UK's policy of funding troops to work alongside aid workers threatened their impartiality. The link-up on projects such as rebuilding schools blurred military and humanitarian objectives, it warned. The Department for International Development (Dfid) said military and civilian efforts needed to be combined as security was such a huge problem. The charity, which is launching a humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan, said the current policy could turn hospitals or schools, rebuilt with military help, into targets.
Do any of our readers know what international laws of war have to say about this?