IASC Operational Guidelines on the Protection of Persons in Situations of Natural Disasters

Part II: General Principles

This section covers the general guarantees for persons affected by natural disasters. Persons affected by natural disasters (affected persons) should be recognized and treated as persons entitled to enjoy the same rights and freedoms under international human rights law as others in their country, and to not be discriminated against on the basis of their race, colour, sex, disability, language, religion, political and other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, age or other status. These general guarantees are organized into four groups: Group A: Protection of Life; Security and Physical Integrity of the Person; and Family Ties, Group B: Protection of Rights Related to the Provision of Food; Health; Shelter; and Education, Group C: Protection of Rights Related to Housing; Land and Property; Livelihoods and Secondary and Higher Education and Group D: Protection of Rights Related to Documentation; Movement; Re-Establishment of Family Ties; Expression and Opinion; And Elections.

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