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Květa Princová

Ethical Challenges in Humanitarian Assistance


Humanitarian assistance is generally understood as a positive action with good impacts, but sometimes especially in war situations and combined crises (disaster and war) it is connected with many ethical dilemmas which have to be solved by humanitarian workers. In this article some principles and theories are introduced that could help to find solutions. However application of the theories and the principles alone is useless. Real knowledge of the theories and ability to combine them, wisdom, humility, prudence and a lot of experience are important in order to be able to solve the dilemmas and help in favour of the people in need.


ethical dilemmas, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian worker, ethical theories, ethical principles, Code of Conduct, Sphere Project, human-rights

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