IHSA´s Humanitarian Blog Posts Selection

IHSA is pleased to present its weekly selection of humanitarian blog posts.

This week our selection includes posts covering a wide variety of topics, from reflections in the context of the last UN General Assembly to articles on the ongoing crises in Ukraine and the effects of Covid-19.

While one post proposes
why Russians are not protesting against the war, another one reminds us that thousands of war crimes have been committed during this period and that we should no longer wait to bring them to justice.

Other publications highlight interesting topics such as 
how IDPs and refugees fit within traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge of disaster, or if it is ethical to become friends with research participants  and what we can learn from Burundis gatumba massacre.

Finally, we also include a post from Bond UK and their recently released guide to
"becoming locally led."

We hope you find this week’s selection interesting, and we wish you a good week ahead! 
Our selection for the week: 3 - 9 Oct
Why Russians are not protesting against the war
By: Sergey Smirnov - Via: OpenDemocracy
#Europe #conflict, peace building and security

Since the Ukraine war began, the West has asked why Russians aren’t marching on the streets. The answer is simple. Read more
Justice for war crimes in Ukraine must not be delayed
By: Mark Kersten - Via: Al Jazeera
#Europe #conflict, peace building and security

Tens of thousands of war crimes have been investigated in Ukraine; yet prosecution of perpetrators has been too slow. Read more
The status and protection of third-country nationals in international armed conflict
By: Ramin Mahnad - Via: ICRC Blog
#Global #conflict, peace building and security

In international armed conflict, citizens of non-belligerent States can (and do) find their way onto the battlefield. Whether they arrive as volunteers, security company employees, or mercenaries, so-called third-country nationals test the common assumption that States fight wars with armies of their own loyal citizens. But foreign fighters are nothing new. They are a regular feature of war, and the law of armed conflict reaches and protects them like anyone else. What does the Geneva Conventions and other sources of the law of armed conflict – international humanitarian law (IHL) – say about fighters who are not nationals of the belligerent States? Read more
At the UN General Assembly, calls for fairer global governance grow louder
By: Heba Aly - Via: The New Humanitarian
#Global #aid policy and practice

In his keynote speech to world leaders at this year’s UN General Assembly, the secretary-general sounded exasperated. Read more
Why and how the UN and NGOs need to work together at national level
By: Thomas Dunmore Rodriguez and Alice Shackelford - Via: Oxfam Blog
#Global #aid policy and practice

Two participants from Oxfams recent influencing training in Panama (Thomas Dunmore Rodriguez, National Influencing Adviser at Oxfam, and Alice Shackelford, UN Resident Coordinator in Honduras) discuss what they learned and the implications for more effective advocacy. Read more
Is it Ethical to be Friends with Research Participants?
By: Helen Kara - Via: Global Policy Journal
#Global #research

In qualitative research building a rapport and friendships with participants is often presented as a means to gain access and data from research participants. However, as Helen Kara discusses, using friendship in an instrumental way presents serious ethical issues for researchers. Read more
A guide to becoming locally led
By: Neelam Dave - Via: bond
#Global #localisation #aid policy and practice

Bond, along with the Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) has launched its guide for international non-profits and development organisations – Becoming locally led as an anti-racist practice: a guide. Read more
From sacred to clinical: how the lack of proper burials during the Covid-19 pandemic affected communities in Uganda
By: Henry Okidi Okoth - Via: blISS
#Eastern Africa #Covid-19

When Covid-19 started spreading across the globe, the World Health Organization issued strict burial guidelines in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. In Uganda, the national health department took over the burial of Covid-19 victims, interring them quickly and without adhering to proper cultural and religious procedures. In a country where death rituals form a central part of the grieving process, the undignified burials that took place during the pandemic have had severe psychological consequences for bereaved families and communities. Read more
Burundi’s Gatumba massacre offers a window into the past and future of the DRC conflict
By: Christopher P. Davey - Via: The Conversation
#Eastern Africa #conflict, peace building and security

It’s been 18 years since the Gatumba massacre. Groups like the Banyamulenge Gatumba Refugee Survivors Foundation are working internationally to pursue accountability and justice. Yet, addressing their own community’s past and current involvement in DRC’s multi-directional violence is largely taboo. Read more
How do IDPs and refugees fit within traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge of disasters?
By: Mhari Gordon - Via: CMI Blog
#Global #migration, refugees and IDPs

Using a risk and disaster lens to explore the relationship of IDPs and refugees with the environment, natural hazards, as well as their host community pushes the agenda further forwards of ensuring that no one gets left behind in disaster prevention, response, and recovery. Read more
En Español: Represión cada vez más insoportable en Nicaragua
Via: Democracia Abierta
#South America #conflict, peace building and security

Después de nuevos arrestos ilegales y de que Daniel Ortega pidiera cortar la emisión de CNN en Español, la dictadura se endurece en el país centroamericano. Read more
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