Community Self-protection

Aditi Gorur and Nils Carstensen

in Protection of Civilians

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780198729266
Published online June 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191796180 | DOI:
Community Self-protection

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This chapter discusses the frequent focus on what the international community, governments, or armed groups do or fail to do to protect civilians. Yet often it is civilians themselves who do the most to guarantee their own safety, and the safety of their families and communities. The chapter explores the importance of understanding local perspectives on protection and reviews current efforts to support individual self-protection and community-based protection strategies. Based on research in several major crises, it seeks to demonstrate how understanding and supporting community-based protection strategies in a flexible and sensitive manner can significantly improve the impact of protection interventions by both affected communities themselves and external humanitarian, human rights, or peacekeeping protection actors.

Keywords: protection of civilians; international community; governments; armed groups; self-protection; community-based protection strategies

Chapter.  8987 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law ; Human Rights and Immigration

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