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An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse

War, a lot of people – hundreds of thousands – came to Switzerland seeking asylum. Many of them were later granted Swiss nationality. They were well integrated. Nothing like that has happened since in Switzerland. Those born after the mid 1990s – about half of the people working for SOS in Switzerland today – have never seen these supposedly ‘European principles’ in action. So for them, it’s more about defining the kind of society in which they actually want to live. Although Switzerland has always had an ambiguous and difficult relationship with

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order

71 countries registering a reduction in political rights and civil liberties ( Freedom House, 2018 ). All of which puts the viability of global liberal institutions increasingly in doubt. This idea of a protected place where, regardless of one’s identity (ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, but also whether or not one is a dissident), one’s basic rights are secure is constitutively liberal. As fewer and fewer governments, and more and more people, view the existence of such a sanctuary within society as fanciful, illegitimate and

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

2012, I organised one-day risk-analysis workshops during each of my visits (be it Colombia, Myanmar, Algeria, the Sahel or the Democratic Republic of Congo), with all of the team members – from the head of mission to support staff. I wanted to make sure the teams had a shared view of the context and of the risks taken by the organisation and by each of them, according to their individual profile (gender, nationality, ethnicity and position in the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles

Napoleon III to request a concession in Algeria, came upon the battlefield and the dying, and the spectacle shocked the fervent evangelical (he was one of the founders of the Young Men’s Christian Association, later known as the YMCA). Dunant took an active part in organising first aid for the wounded, regardless of nationality, and later wrote a gripping account of the battle, celebrating the battlefield exploits of the combatants and depicting in unvarnished detail the

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Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector

individual profiles are exposed to different levels of risk according to, inter alia, age, ethnicity, gender, nationality and sexuality ( EISF, 2018 ). In some cases, as in the bombings of ICRC and UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003, aid agencies and their staff are specifically targeted, and this could explain singling staff out from the rest of the civilian population on a case-by-case basis. However, it is not evident that the category of

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

set up as a result of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Reporting in September 1999, the Commission’s recommendations formed the basis on which the Police Service of Northern Ireland came into being in November 2001. He chaired The Ireland Funds, the international charity which provided the funding for the Tip O’Neill lecture series, and in 2003 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Ulster. Central to his analysis of how society might move out of conflict was the overlap of nationalities in Northern Ireland, he said, pointing

in Peacemaking in the twenty-first century

paths for humanitarian organisations spoke of thousands of exiles, clogged roads and large concentrations of people in nearby towns important for communication. A huge camp with about 200,000 people was established near Kobrin in August 1915. Between 87,000 and 120,000 people of different nationalities lived as nomads in nearby Roslavl. Other camps were located in the region of Bobruisk and nearby Rahachow, Baranovichi, Sinyavka and Stare Dorohi. Between 60,000 and 150,000 refugees congregated in these three towns prior to their migration into the Russian interior.25

in Europe on the move
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The nationality of the worker is neither French, nor English, nor German, it is labour , free slavery , self-huckstering . His government is neither French, nor English, nor German, it is capital . His native air is neither French, nor German, nor English, it is factory air . The land belonging to him is neither French, nor

in Soldered states

were moving towards independence. 29 For Mill, who revisited liberal beliefs in view of the state of the empire and socialist demands for democracy, nationality was a precondition for representative government and he believed that a nation exists when a portion of mankind is united by mutual sympathies, developed from race, descent and language, attachment to a particular geographical space, and a common historical memory. 30 In analogy to a person’s character and capacity for self-determination, Mill assumed that some nations are ready for the institutions of

in Prussians, Nazis and Peaceniks
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identity also emerge in France, Italy and AustriaHungary. Dowdall offers a subtle account of the ways in which refugees’ associations in unoccupied France preserved a strong sense of the petite patrie. Something of the same occurred in Italy where elite refugees spoke of the ‘little homeland’ (patria) they had left behind in Friule and Veneto, as Marco Mondini and Francesco Frizzera point out.31 In Austria-Hungary, impoverished refugees were directed to camps according to their nationality. But this was only one aspect of Habsburg practice. Julie Thorpe has suggested

in Europe on the move