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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Humanitarian Assistance in Cases of Emergency

Budislav Vukas

Subject(s):
Judicial assistance — Regional co-operation — Right to life — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) — Humanitarian intervention — Practice and procedure of international organizations

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 It may seem illogical and absurd, but in its constant destructive activity of preparing and waging wars, mankind has also developed international legal rules regulating armed conflicts ( Humanitarian Law, International ). Some of these rules deal with the treatment of war victims: the wounded, sick and shipwrecked , prisoners of war , and the civilian population in armed conflict . In some situations, humanitarian assistance must be provided to these groups in order to help them to survive. 2 In addition to calamitous events in armed conflicts, fundamental human...
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