Shaw R., Chan E., Lian F., Lu L., Shi P., Yang S., Chan G., Wong J.
Author: Rachel Landry
● Efforts to combat human smuggling and suppress humanitarian acts are in service of a larger agenda of securitising and deterring irregular migration.
● Both the UN Smuggling Protocol and the EU Facilitation Directive risk suppressing genuinely humanitarian acts of assistance.
● The EU Facilitation Directive is a tacit expansion of the UN Smuggling Protocol, giving states discretion to criminalise a broad range of acts of assistance to irregular migrants.
New working paper on refugee economies in Kenya
This latest RSC working paper by Dr Naohiko Omata is based on preliminary fieldwork in Kenya conducted as part of ‘Refugee Economies’ research led by the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP). The research strand of refugee economies at the RSC is driven by an imminent need to better understand and support the economic lives of refugees.
OCHA launches guidance on law governing humanitarian assistance in conflict
In armed conflicts across the world, millions of civilians need emergency assistance to survive, but all too often fighting parties prevent this relief from reaching them. Today OCHA launched the Oxford Guidance on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Situations of Armed Conflict, a critical tool for actors concerned with helping civilians in conflict zones receive life-saving assistance, including food, medical supplies, shelter, water and sanitation.