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By Claire Magone, Michael Neuman, Fabrice Weissman

From overseas NGOs to UN organisations, from donors to observers of humanitarianism, opinion is unanimous: in a context of the alleged "clash of civilizations", our "humanitarian house" is shrinking. positioned differently, the liberty of motion and of speech of humanitarians is being eroded end result of the radicalisation of conflicts and the reaffirmation of country sovereignty over relief actors and policies.

The function of this booklet is to problem this assumption via an research of the occasions that experience marked MSF's heritage seeing that 2003 (when MSF released its first basic paintings on humanitarian motion and its relationships with governments). It addresses the evolution of humanitarian targets, the resistance to those objectives and the political preparations that overcame this resistance (or that didn't do so). The individuals search to examine the political transactions and balances of strength and pursuits that let reduction actions to maneuver ahead, yet which are frequently masked by way of the lofty rhetoric of "humanitarian principles". They specialize in one key query: what's an appropriate compromise for MSF?

This ebook seeks to puncture a few of the myths that experience grown up over the 40 years given that MSF used to be based and describes intimately how the beliefs of humanitarian ideas and "humanitarian area" working in clash zones are in fact illusory. How, actually, it's the grubby negotiations with various events, every one of whom have their very own vested pursuits, that can permit corporations corresponding to MSF to function in a given hindrance state of affairs - or not.

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With activities functioning only in Point Pedro, the French section took a more discreet approach. It limited itself to relaying some of MSF-Holland’s information and giving a number of interviews in which it expressed alarm at the bombing of civilian zones and health facili26 SRI LANKA: AMID ALL-OUT WAR ties, a practice already strongly condemned by the ICRC, human rights organisations, the UN and western embassies, which in February demanded a “humanitarian ceasefire” to spare civilian lives.

In August 2006, it had no information indicating that the aid provided by the government, ICRC and UN agencies in the “uncleared areas” was inadequate. MSF estimated that the existing set-up would not be able to cope with the expected influx of wounded and IDPs, an assessment rejec­ ted by the government who claimed that the consequences of the conflict would be minimal and handled appropriately by the authorised agencies. In reality, these disagreements masked underlying discord: MSF was keen to use its freedom of speech to denounce the excessive use of force its teams might witness while the government was keen to limit the number of observers likely to reveal the war crimes it was to commit.

2 The government also controlled the communications of the supporters of Al Houthi’s movement. Journalists close to the government created a think tank and a website,3 the analyses of which were aimed at limiting the rebels’ capacity for political mobilisation, leaving them with almost no way to get attention, aside from pamphlets distributed to the population and rare contacts with the few journalists who dared cover the conflict. However, by the time MSF launched its project in September 2007, the situation had evolved over the previous months.

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