In 2004 a Do No Harm (DNH) / Joint Principles of Operation (JPO) project was funded by ECHO and OFDA for a six month period (August 2004 to February 2005) for the humanitarian community in Liberia. The project was undertaken by two consultants, one for DNH, the other for the JPO. This lesson learnt paper focuses on the JPO, a code of conduct, aspect of the project.
Humanitarian intervention must be guided by the principles of:
Humanity: Human suffering should be addressed wherever it is found. The dignity and rights of all victims must be respected and protected.
Impartiality: Humanitarian assistance should be provided without discrimination as to ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political opinion, race or religion and be guided solely by need.
Neutrality: Humanitarian action is exclusively based on the rights and needs of the population.