Acknowledge, Amend, Assist: Addressing Civilian Harm

Posted on November 1, 2013

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“Acknowledge, Amend, Assist:  Addressing Civilian Harm Caused by Armed Conflict and Armed Violence,”  a symposium organized by Action on Armed Violence (AoAV)  and the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program was held at the Harvard Law School on 31 October 2013.

“The moral imperative to help civilian victims of armed conflict and armed violence has generated widespread international action. While sharing a common goal, the various approaches currently employed sometimes conflict with each other.”

At this international symposium, representatives of civil society, governments, militaries, and universities examined similarities and differences among humanitarian responses. Panelists sought to identify gaps in assistance and areas for future collaboration:

Keynote Address

Keynote address by Kenneth Rutherford, Co-Founder of Landmine Survivors Network and Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University

Legal Frameworks and Context

− Jacob Beswick, Policy Officer, Oxford Research Group

− Ruben Carranza, Director, Reparative Justice Program, International Center for Transitional Justice

− Sahr MuhammedAlly, Senior Legal and Amends Advisor, Center for Civilians in Conflict

− Majida Rasul, Legal Advisor, Action on Armed Violence

Moderator: Bonnie Docherty, Lecturer on Law, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School

Principles and Practice

− Robert Ayasse, Afghanistan Operations Team, NATO HQ

− Megan Burke, Coordinator – Survivor Network Project, International Campaign to Ban Landmines- Cluster Munition Coalition

− Dr. Hari Bansh Tripathi, Director, Advocacy Forum-Nepal

Moderator: Iain Overton, Director of Policy and Investigations, Action on Armed Violence

Read more here and on the AoAV website.