Why Principles Matter
Humanitarian Mine Action and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
IEDs are an issue of growing global concern and policy priority. Addressing their impact increasingly brings together diverse organisations with different aims and agendas, from stakeholders with legitimate military and security objectives to humanitarian mine action NGOs.
‘Why Principles Matter’ outlines how humanitarian principles have enabled humanitarian organisations to work in a way that achieves maximum impact for conflict-affected communities. It shows how they continue to provide an enabling framework for principled humanitarian mine action, including in the humanitarian clearance of IEDs.
This paper draws heavily on experience from the Middle East, where Daesh has used IEDs on an unprecedented scale. The extensive contamination from locally produced landmines has created a new landmine emergency, adding to large-scale contamination from improvised projectiles, light weapons and other IEDs in one of the world’s most complex conflicts.