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Saturday, June 14, 2003

The latest newsletter from Alertnet has two interesting articles regarding the accountability of international aid organisations, and the future of international humanitarian law...

The first article reports on the formal launching of HAP International (which grew out of the earlier Humanitarian Accountability Project) as a club for aid agencies willing to adopt standards (of accountability), to monitor themselves and to report openly on their progress and findings...

In the second article Yves Daccord, director of communications for the International Committee of the Red Cross, says that, more than ever before, international humanitarian law remains a vital protection for the most vulnerable in present-day conflicts and still "seeks to draw a line in the sand between humanity and inhumanity".