Crimes without Punishment

Crimes without Punishment : Humanitarian Action in Former Yugoslavia

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For over 50 years the Red Cross has fiercely protected its independence, operating in theatres of conflict with the support of governments worldwide. Yet recent wars - from Somalia to the Balkans - have seen the Red Cross forced to work ever closer with the United Nations and other agencies, jeopardising its independent status and threatening its neutrality. In the 1990s, just how independent is the Red Cross? Focussing on the role of the Red Cross in the Balkan wars, this book scrutinizes the success and failure of all humanitarian organizations, in their attempts to preserve oases of peace and provide emergency assistance to war victims. Written by a senior Red Cross staff member, the book questions the wisdom of attempting to mitigate manmade disasters with humanitarian aid when warring parties appear to do little more than lie about their activities and engage in "abject political conduct". Mercier provides a history of Red Cross presence in the former Yugoslavia during the conflict and identifies key moments and events to examine the changing role of humanitiarian aid in the region in the face of a weakening sense of responsibility on the part of the international more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 132.08 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 294.83g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • photographs, bibliography, index
  • 074531080X
  • 9780745310800

Table of contents

Horror at first hand. The flame beneath the embers: the first prison visits; the Red Cross of Yugoslavia; the ten days war. Summits of disillusion: make believe diplomacy; enter the United Nation; the EEC and the ICRC go it together; the profit and loss account; the shareout of the ICRC and UNHCR; the ICRC revolts; saving life. Sarajevo 1992 - pandemonium: the convoy of 18th May; vacuum sets in; the ICRC returns to Bosnia; lessons from a nightmare. Crimes without punishment: the misconduct of hostilities; the state of belligerency; the hail of fire; the principle that worst is best; lives in ruins; objective civilians; protections? - what protection?; law and morality. On the proper use of propaganda: informing and educating. 1993 - brief chronicles. Appendices: landmarks 1991; landmarks 1992; more

About Michele Mercier

Michele Mercier is Deputy Director of the Swiss Solidarity Chain in Geneva. She spent 25 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and is the author of many articles on humanitarian operations by the more