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S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Cecilia Jacob, ‘Civilian Protection in the Context of Disaster Planning and Response’, in Alistair D. B. Cook, ed., World Humanitarian Summit: Implications for the Asia-Pacific, RSIS Policy Report. Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, March, pp. 15-18.
Armed conflict and political instability increase the complexity of humanitarian assistance efforts in the wake of natural disasters. Furthermore, the upheaval of populations by natural disasters creates new forms of vulnerability and protection concerns. In order for ASEAN to prepare for the contingency of operating in complex environments, and ensure the longer-term protection of disaster-affected populations, it should integrate a protection lens into all its disaster preparedness, relief and recovery efforts. A protection lens should be founded on a human rights framework for identifying risk and vulnerability, and should incorporate Protection of Civilians strategies consistent with international human rights, humanitarian, and refugee law when responding to crises in areas affected by armed conflict.