LAW Highlights the Issue of Violence against Aid Workers at the European Humanitarian Forum
Accountability & Rule of Law - Global - Advocacy
LAW attended the first-ever edition of the European Humanitarian Forum in Brussels from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 March 2022.
Antonia Mulvey, LAW’s Executive Director, spoke at the European Humanitarian Forum session: Aid under fire: protecting humanitarian actors and fighting against impunity. The session focused on how to step up the protection of humanitarian and medical workers in armed conflict. Mulvey raised the need to shift the focus of responsibility from humanitarian organisations to perpetrators, noting that failure to pursue accountability only serves the attackers.
LAW also hosted its own session Pursuing creative legal strategies to fight impunity for atrocities against aid workers. In the session, LAW brought its unique experience from conflict-affected countries. The speakers explored how impunity for perpetrators can be addressed by creative legal strategies and pursuing justice for atrocities through national, regional and international courts.
The European Humanitarian Forum gathered policy makers, humanitarian partners and other stakeholders, for more sustained dialogue on humanitarian policy and strategy.