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The Syria INGO Regional Forum statement on impact of military developments on the civilian population in northeast Syria

16 October 2019

15 aid agencies warn of humanitarian crisis in North-East Syria

10 October 2019

Civilians at risk as violence escalates and humanitarian work is suspended

Military incursion in northeast Syria: protection of civilians and humanitarian workers is vital

10 October 2019

After nearly a decade of nation-wide conflict, the Turkish incursion into northeast Syria reignites the cycle of violence, worry and uncertainty for people living in the area. HI is deeply concerned about how the military escalation will affect the civilian population. HI calls on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians, especially people in populated areas that are being attacked with airstrikes and artillery.

Bombing in populated areas: A majority of states now recognize the urgency to act

2 October 2019

A great number of 133 states gathered for two days at the Vienna Conference “Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare”. A majority of attendants announced that they were ready to work on a political declaration to end human suffering caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The discussions that will take place in the 6 months to come will be decisive to protect millions of civilians living in war zones. 

UN and ICRC Joint Appeal: Civilian devastation and suffering must stop

19 September 2019

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas

Which candidate in the federal elections will actively engage against bombing in civilian areas?

13 September 2019

Canada's foreign policy

INGO statement on attacks in Dhamar that killed and injured scores of people

4 September 2019

Cluster munitions continue to kill civilians

29 August 2019

Cluster Munition Monitor 2019

32 million children with disabilities will not return to school this year

26 August 2019

Back-to-school 2019

Two years after the Rohingya influx in Bangladesh, access to services for refugees with disabilities remain critical

25 August 2019

Rohingya crisis

Joint Statement: 22 NGOs Call for Action to Strengthen the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

17 May 2019

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Security Council taking up the protection of civilians in armed conflict on its agenda, as well as two important resolutions passed in 1999: Resolution 1265 on the protection of civilians in armed conflict and Resolution 1270, which included the first explicit protection of civilians mandate for a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operation. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

Violence between Gaza and Israel: explosive weapons cause serious injuries

6 May 2019

More than 30 people were killed in the exchanges of rocket fire and airstrikes between Gaza and Israel over the weekend. In Gaza, this escalation of violence could lead to a new wave of injuries, with surgical and rehabilitation services already overwhelmed. 

Lives of civilians in danger

4 April 2019

On 4 April, the forces of the Libyan National Army launched an offensive against the forces aligned with the Government of National Accord to take control of Tripoli.

Rwanda. Victims “confront their suffering" 25 years after
the genocide

7 April 2019

Twenty-five years on, one in three people still suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.

Weapons clearance more complex in areas newly
contaminated by conflict

4 April 2019

4 April: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Canada steps up its response to the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa

1 April 2019

The Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies welcome the Government of Canada’s decision to match donations by Canadians in response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.

Fourth anniversary of Yemen conflict

22 March 2019

HI takes a stand against indiscriminate warfare and its devastating impact on civilians

INGO statement on attacks in Hajjah and renewed fighting in Hodeidah

14 March 2019

70% of Syrians still in need of humanitarian aid

12 March

March 15 marks the 8th anniversary of the Syrian conflict. 11.7 million Syrians, 70% of the population, are still in need of emergency humanitarian assistance. Access to basic services (health, food, clean water, shelter, etc.) remains an absolute priority, while the country's contamination with explosive remnants - unprecedented in the history of mine clearance - prevents the return of populations and will considerably complicate the country's reconstruction. For the past 7 years, HI has been assisting Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon through psychosocial support and rehabilitation projects.

Sending Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela

7 February

The Humanitarian INGO Forum in Colombia calls on all States to maintain the humanitarian character of aid in order to save lives, alleviate suffering, restore and protect human rights, and preserve the human dignity of persons who are victims of conflicts, complex crises and/or natural disasters. In this context, the Forum would like to express its concerns about the methods through which humanitarian aid is planned to be sent from Colombia to Venezuela.

Humanity & Inclusion (Handicap International) closes Burundi program

7 January 2019

Humanity & Inclusion, which operates under its original name “Handicap International” in Burundi since 1992, has been forced to stop its activities in the country. It no longer considers itself able to carry out its projects due to the Burundian government's recent decisions towards international NGOs, in particular the obligation to keep a record of its employees’ ethnicities.

Joint INGO statement on agreements reached on Yemen by warring parties

14 Decembre 2018

Joint INGO statement welcoming the upcoming consultations in Sweden

3 December 2018

International NGOs working in Yemen welcome the upcoming political consultations in Sweden.

Teacher Kids: the school where teachers are children with disabilities

3 December 2018

3rd December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Third year of exceptionally high casualties in 2017

20 November 2018

Landmine Monitor 2018

42 NGOs warn that return of refugees to Myanmar now would be dangerous and premature.

9 November 2018

Humanitarian and civil society agencies working in Rakhine State in Myanmar and in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are deeply concerned that the repatriation of refugees will commence in mid-November, according to an announcement of the Joint Working Group of the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on 30th October.

Joint INGO statement on the escalation of fighting in Hodeidah

8 November 2018

Neymar Jr. teams up with HI to make a difference to children’s lives

26 October 2018

The world-famous footballer has become the first student of the TEACHER KIDS school

Bombing of civilians - Humanity & Inclusion appeals to Canadian Members of Parliament

26 September 2018

As Canada continues to race for a seat in the next vote for the UN Security Council, Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is calling on Canadian Members of Parliament to stop the bombing of populated areas, an almost systematic practice in present-day conflicts, of which more than 90% of casualties are civilians.

Aid agencies call on world powers to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib

7 September 2018

Eight leading aid agencies are calling on world leaders meeting Friday to urgently work together to avoid this horrific scenario.

Idlib - The risk of a humanitarian disaster

6 September 2018

While a major military offensive on Idlib region is possibly under preparation, HI calls on parties to the conflict to spare civilians and allow full and unfettered humanitarian access.  

Cluster Munition Monitor 2018

30 August 2018

States must commit to eradicate cluster munitions

HI’s partner organisation in Gaza damaged by airstrikes.

18 July 2018

1st anniversary of the liberation of Mosul: 1,500 explosive remnants found in Al Shifa hospital, Mosul, a city sieged by improvised explosive devices and bombs

9 July 2018

One year on from Mosul’s liberation, 8 million tons[1] of explosive remnants still contaminate the city. Thousands of injured are trying to access medical treatment and more than 300,000[2] displaced people are still surviving in camps and communities as Mosul, trapped by explosive remnants of war, remains a ticking time bomb. Humanity & Inclusion (the new name of Handicap International), released a fact sheet about the situation in Mosul. Download it here.

[1]   UN Habitat and the United Nations Environnent Program

[2]   Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Humanity & Inclusion appoints a new Federal Chairperson

27 June, 2018

Lyon, 18 June. On Saturday 16 June, HI's Federal Board of Trustees elected Jean-Noël Dargnies as its new Chairperson. After a career in industry and higher education, he is taking over from Jacques Tassi, whose third term as Chairperson ended on Saturday.

Yemen: France should press Saudi and Emirati allies to minimize harm to hundreds of thousands of civilians in Hodeidah attack

26 June, 2018

15 NGOs appeal to President Macron on the eve of a humanitarian conference on Yemen in Paris

Violence in Gaza: HI demands protection for most vulnerable

8 June 2018

Another day of demonstrations have rocked Gaza, resulting in more than 500 new injuries, according to first estimates. Since demonstrations began last March on the border between Gaza and Israel, at least 128 people have been killed, and more than 13,900 people injured, half of whom required hospitalization.

Paris Humanitarian Conference on Yemen

4 June, 2018

We welcome French efforts to address the ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and your announcement during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Paris on 10 April that France would host an international humanitarian conference on Yemen in Paris in June.

Humanitarian NGOs call for immediate cessation of hostilities, protection of civilians and humanitarian access in Kachin and northern Shan, Myanmar

May 2, 2018

As national and international NGOs operating in Kachin and northern Shan, Myanmar, we are deeply troubled by yet further escalation of armed conflict, including clashes directly impacting civilians throughout April and continuing into May, that has displaced and re-displaced thousands more civilians. Urgent action is required to save lives and meet widespread and growing humanitarian needs.

Yemen / Airstrikes against Health Facilities

April 27, 2018

On Friday 27th April 2018 at 10:40 PM, an airstrike from the Saudi led coalition hit the National Blood Transfusion and Research Centre of the Al Sabeen Hospital, a building located 20 meters away from the First Physiotherapy Center where HI is providing support. No one was killed or wounded. The center which was on the no-strike list has now limited capacity to operate. HI condemns this airstrike and calls on all parties to effectively protect Health Facilities, their staffs and their patients in the full respect of de-confliction process.

Brussels II Syria conference must not fall short, eight leading aid agencies warn

April 23, 2018


Donors and governments meeting Tuesday and Wednesday for the Brussels II conference must take the opportunity to bring change for the millions vulnerable Syrians in their war-torn country and in the region by following throught on previous commitments to protect displaced people and fund the aid response.

A frightening increase in the number of victims of explosive weapons

April 4, 2018

On the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness, HI is alarmed by the frightening increase in the number of civilian victims of explosive weapons : 32,008 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2016 (out of a total of 45,624 victims), according to Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). The toll looks even heavier for 2017, as civilians account for 90% of the victims of explosive weapons when they are used in populated areas. Landmine Monitor has recorded a dramatic increase in casualties of mine and explosive remnants over the past three years. Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine and Yemen are among the main countries affected.

Joint INGO Statement for the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

April 3, 2018

This statement is made on behalf of 22 international NGOs current working in Yemen.

Humanity & Inclusion condemns unending bombardment of besieged Eastern Ghouta

February 22, 2018

390,000 civilians are besieged under heavy shelling, airstrikes, and barrel bomb attacks in the enclave of Eastern Ghouta, with dwindling water, food, and medical supplies.

"Humanity & Inclusion" : the new name of Handicap International

January 24, 2018

Diane Tell and the French Ambassador mobilized for the inclusion of the most vulnerable

Continuous and alarming annual increase in the number of new casualties over the last three years, reversing a 15-year decline.

December 14, 2017

Landmine Monitor 2017 report

The World Health Organization and Handicap International draw attention to the needs of people inside Syria living with injuries and disabilities

December 11, 2017

Joint statement WHO/HI on Syria

Canada's landmark mine treaty 'under threat'

December 1, 2017

20 years of the historic Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty

Handicap International deploys backup team (Bangladesh)

October 13, 2017

Civilians forcibly displaced multiple times face a long and arduous journey

October 5, 2017

Handicap International report on bombing in Syria

Handicap International condemns the recent use of antipersonnel mines in Myanmar

September 29, 2017

Fight against threat from anti-personnel mines continues 20 years after adoption of Ottawa Treaty

September 18, 2017

Neymar Jr. becomes Handicap International’s ambassador

August 15, 2017

Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP)

June 13, 2017

Canada endorses the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.

Jean-Baptiste Richardier, Co-founder of Handicap International, is visiting Montreal

May 18, 2017

Jean-Baptiste Richardier, co-founder of Handicap International and administrator of the Humanitarian Alternatives magazine, will be visiting Montreal on the occasion of the Saint-Laurent Forum.

International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

April 4, 2017

Casualties of mines and explosive remnants of war jump record 75% in one year.


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