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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

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Humanitarian action consists of two main pillars: protection and assistance. Much of this Handbook, in particular the technical chapters, falls within the remit of assistance, while this chapter focuses on protection. Building on the Humanitarian Charter, it addresses the question of how humanitarian agencies can contribute to the protection of those faced with the threat of violence or coercion. More generally, it is concerned with the role of agencies in ensuring respect for and fulfilment of the rights articulated in the Charter, including access to assistance. The chapter is divided into two sections: