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ICRC Humanitarian Law & Policy blog: Safeguarding humanitarian organizations from digital threats

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ICRC Humanitarian Law & Policy blog: Safeguarding humanitarian organizations from digital threats

In this article, ICRC considers the implications of digital threats through the lens of international humanitarian law (IHL).

“For decades, there has been consensus in the international community that in times of armed conflict, impartial humanitarian operations and the humanitarian personnel involved therein must not be targeted. In other words, you do not shoot at the truck that delivers food and medicine to civilians. This consensus must be respected online as well as offline, as recently affirmed in a resolution entitled ‘Safeguarding Humanitarian Data adopted by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The backbone of this consensus is enshrined in international humanitarian law (IHL).

In this post, the ICRC’s Tilman Rodenhäuser, Balthasar Staehelin, and Massimo Marelli explore how these rules impose limits on digital threats against impartial humanitarian organizations and propose legal, policy and operational measures to safeguard them against such threats.”

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Safeguarding humanitarian organizations from digital threats

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