Humanitarian aid workers belonging to UN organisations, PVOss / NGOs or the Red Cross / Red Crescent have traditionally enjoyed both international legal protection, and de facto immunity from attack by belligerent parties. However, attacks on humanitarian workers have occasionally occurred, and became more frequent in the 1990s and 2000s. This is attributed to a number of factors, including the increasing number of humanitarian workers deployed, the increasingly unstable environments in which they work, and the erosion of the perception of neutrality and independence.
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2 List of recent attacks on humanitarian workers
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Trends in risks faced by humanitarian workers
Source: Sheik, Gutierrez, et al, British Medical Journal 2000;321:166–8
List of recent attacks on humanitarian workers