The Protection of Human Rights in Humanitarian Crises

As a follow-up to the report of the Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka (IRP report), the aim of this joint paper by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), developed in consultation with Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and Global Protection Cluster (GPC) partners, is to identify some of the principal concerns relating to the protection of rights of persons in humanitarian crises1 as recognised under international human rights and humanitarian law, as an integral part of humanitarian response, and to propose recommended actions to the IASC on a possible way forward.