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Defense Department Releases First-Ever Policy on Civilian Harm Mitigation

The long-anticipated Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) on Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response (CHMR),…

January 25, 2024
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Recommendations for U.S. Security Cooperation

In recent years, humanitarian organizations have become deeply concerned with the ongoing involvement of U.S. government (USG) security partners in…

October 24, 2023
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Congress Passes Annual Defense Bill Prioritizing Protection of Civilians

Over the past 16 months, incidents of high-profile civilian harm, such as those in Kabul, Afghanistan and Baghuz,…

December 20, 2022
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PSEAH: It’s Time to Include Sexual Harassment in Your Safeguarding Approach

International humanitarian and development organizations have faced increased pressure in recent years to address sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in…

September 29, 2022
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The U.S. Takes Decisive Action to Protect Civilians in Conflict

Significant strides were made last week in how the U.S. Department of Defense prevents and mitigates civilian harm. On August…

September 2, 2022
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Civil Society Guidance for the Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response Action Plan (CHMRAP)

In July 2022, a Department of Defense (DoD) review team is expected to submit the Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response…

July 7, 2022
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Transatlantic Dialogue Highlights Importance of Legislative Oversight over the Protection of Civilians

Earlier today, the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Drones and Modern Conflict hosted a UK-U.S. legislators’ dialogue…

December 2, 2021
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NGOs Call for Urgent Congressional Action to Prevent and Address Civilian Harm

On November 30, 2021, InterAction and 23 NGOs submitted a letter to Congress calling for urgent and sustained Congressional…

November 30, 2021
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Toward a Shared Understanding of Civilian Harm

As the number of armed conflicts continues to rise globally, so, too, does civilian harm, resulting in the highest number…

June 10, 2021
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Making Amends for Civilian Harm: The Case for Reforming U.S. Ex Gratia Policy

When U.S. military actions abroad harm civilian populations, making amends should focus primarily on fulfilling the needs and wants of…

May 14, 2021