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Humanitarian aid: a right for all

The MSF no weapon sign at the mobile clinic in Tataveron IDP site. Chad. 2016. © Sara Creta/MSF
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On World Humanitarian Day, August 19, several organisations are joining forces to highlight the importance of respecting international humanitarian law. It is this respect that guarantees the safety of teams on the ground, very often in unstable and dangerous areas.

    In 2020, there were more than 100 attacks against humanitarian workers in 18 countries, with 203 victims. The toll is heavy: 74 people have been killed, compared to 57 at the same time last year. More than nine out of ten victims are local nationals.

    CARE Luxembourg, Caritas Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Red Cross, Handicap International Luxembourg and Médecins Sans Frontières Luxembourg provide humanitarian aid throughout the world. These five organisations abide by the principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence in their assistance to victims of humanitarian disasters.

    As humanitarian organizations, we want to continue to provide assistance in conflicts and in difficult contexts, but for that to happen, it needs to be safe for us to do our work. In order to guarantee this, or to at least limit the risks, all stakeholders must comply with international law and absolute respect for medical acts, healthcare infrastructure and teams deployed on the ground.

    A humanitarian charter for Luxembourg providing a framework for interventions

    The activities of Luxembourg’s humanitarian organizations abroad are governed by the Humanitarian Charter of Luxembourg, signed in 2016 with the Ministry of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs. It sets out standards aimed at protecting those most in need.

    Receiving and offering humanitarian assistance without any discrimination is indeed a fundamental principle that should benefit all citizens in need, regardless of the country. Humanitarian action is a non-partisan and non-political act. It is about providing support to those who need it the most, without regard to the religion, ethnicity, gender or ideas of those being helped.