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Cyclone Nargis - Protection

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: "Burma: Stop Forced Evictions" and other documents related to Cyclone Nargis
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 05 June 2008


Title: Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons
Description/subject: Areas of activity. Annual reports... Country visits... Resolutions... International standards... Documents... Press releases... Issues in focus: Natural Disasters... Questions and answers about IDPs... Workshops and seminars... Links.
Language: English (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish also available)
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2008


Individual Documents

Title: Human Rights Council - 8th Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
Date of publication: 03 June 2008
Description/subject: Summary: "In its resolution 1992/58, the Commission on Human Rights established the mandate on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, which was then extended by the Human Rights Council in its decision 1/102 and resolution 5/1. In March 2008, by its resolution 7/32, the Council extended the mandate for one year. On 26 March 2008, Tomás Ojea Quintana (Argentina) was appointed as the new Special Rapporteur, and he officially assumed the function on 1 May 2008. The present report is a follow-up report on the status of implementation of Council resolutions S-5/1 and 6/33, as requested by the Council in its resolution 7/31. In the report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on the human rights issues pertinent to the current constitutional process in the country, the developments with regard to the crackdown on the demonstrations in September 2007, and the human rights impact of tropical cyclone Nargis. The report builds upon the preliminary findings and further developments included in the previous report submitted to the Council (A/HRC/7/24). Since the present report is his first to be submitted to the Council, the Special Rapporteur also presents an overview of his methodology and programme of work in discharging his mandate. The Special Rapporteur would like to pay tribute to the victims of cyclone Nargis, present his condolences to the families at this tragic time and convey to the people of Myanmar a message of encouragement in the recovery phase of that natural disaster."
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/8/12)
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 05 June 2008


Title: Human Rights and Natural Disasters: Operational Guidelines and Field Manual on Human Rights Protection in Situations of Natural Disaster
Date of publication: March 2008
Description/subject: "Although disasters are quick to strike, their consequences can be long to remedy and can linger on for months and years. The extent to which their effects increase inherent inequalities in life and society is to a significant extent a question of how governments and humanitarian actors integrate human rights into their disaster preparedness and response. To promote and facilitate a rights-based approach to disaster relief, the Inter- Agency Standing Committee (IASC) adopted Operational Guidelines on Protecting Persons in Natural Disasters in June 2006. This Pilot Manual has been drafted to accompany the Operational Guidelines. It intends to help people in the field to understand the human rights dimensions of their work in disaster response while giving them practical examples and operational steps about how some of these seemingly abstract concepts may be implemented. This draft has been long in coming. We would particularly like to thank the members and partners of the IASC who helped formulate both the Guidelines and the Manual, as well as the individuals who put so much time and effort into seeing them come alive. We would also like to thank the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement for the generous support provided to this manual. The real test for this Pilot Manual will be in the field. We depend on the endusers, the front line service deliverers, to tell us how useful it is and how it is used. Further comments, criticism and suggestions are welcome. This Pilot Manual should be a living document which can be updated and adapted to evolving needs and requests from the field."
Author/creator: Walter Kaelin et al
Language: English
Source/publisher: Brookings-Bern Project
Format/size: pdf (629K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2008


Title: PROTECTING PERSONS AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS - Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters
Date of publication: June 2006
Description/subject: "Floods, earthquakes and storms have routinely displaced tens of thousands around the world. Over the past few years, the international community’s response to these catastrophes has become ever swifter and more sophisticated. Until very recently, however, and in the rush to deliver life-saving aid, little attention was paid to the rights of these displaced people. The publication of these guidelines reflects an understanding of the need for the humanitarian system to provide to the people on the front lines of disaster response the guidance they need to ensure the protection of the rights of the people left homeless by natural disasters. This document is the result of a collaborative approach that took place over more than a year. The Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Mr. Walter Kälin, prepared draft Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters. These were shared with the members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Working Group. Each member of the IASC WG contributed its own expertise, operational experience and insights to the collaborative process. This ensured that the final product is one that meets the needs of those affected by disasters. This version of the Operational Guidelines was formally adopted by the IASC WG at a meeting in Geneva on 9 June 2006.We want to thank all the members involved for their work and participation. The Guidelines are short and easily accessible. They are complemented by a Manual that gives the human rights background which underpins them. The Manual also sets out practical operational steps to provide humanitarian workers with examples of how these Guidelines can best be implemented. Human rights are as much a part of the lives of the people we are called upon to assist and to protect as are their needs for food and shelter. For the first time, these Guidelines will provide responders with the information they need to make a rightsbased approach a part of the emergency response."
Author/creator: Walter Kaelin
Language: English
Source/publisher: Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)
Format/size: pdf (1.765MB)
Date of entry/update: 07 August 2010


Title: PROTECTION OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS IN SITUATIONS OF NATURAL DISASTER
Date of publication: March 2005
Description/subject: A Working Visit to Asia by the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Walter Kälin
Author/creator: Walter Kälin
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (141K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2008