Research Handbooks in International Law series
Edited by Susan C. Breau and Katja L.H. Samuel
Chapter 5: Human rights and natural disasters
Human rights are considered central to disaster management efforts. However, the concrete interrelationship remains somewhat ambiguous. Approached from a strictly legal point of view, human rights should apply to disaster situations in the same way as to any other social situation. Even then, special instruments, guidelines and reports are made in order to promote and clarify the application of human rights in disaster management in general, and disaster response in particular. In this chapter, I set out to describe the present situation for human rights and disasters. The chapter critically assesses the human rights sources, specifically addressing disaster situations, and discusses their applicability and status within law as well as disaster management.
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