Saturday, 19 October 2013

30 Day Book Challenge: Susana's Day 26 _A Book that changed my opinion on something



As far as I'm aware, there's only a portuguese edition of this book, published by Cosmos Editions, National Defence Institute. And I couldn't find a photo online, there this... I'm sorry!

In english, the book would be roughly called "Humanitarian Imperative and non interference, the new challenges of International Law", by Isabel Raimundo.

When studying politics it's not a  good idea to let ideals of justice lead you. If you do, you will probably end up very disappointed with reality... not that I'm not saying we shouldn't be. Because, let's face it, more than ever, economy and money rule the world.

But moving on... a couple years back, I read this book which mainly deals about the challenges of humanitarian help in countries that are in dire need of them, due to wars or armed guerrillas conflicts. 

Naively, I couldn't help being surprised at the way that something that should be seen as one of the most fundamental rights of those in need, ends up being instrumentalized by a party or more of the conflict.

Basically, some ONGs if they want to be able of doing their job, have to become a little less than neutral. Something that I just assumed was inherent to their way of existing.

In the end, humanitarian help stands on a dangerous position: How to balance each countries' right to sovereignty, while at the same time trying to prevent humanitarian crises...

We have Syria's example: what is more important?
The westphalian notion of sovereignty, or basic civil rights?

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