International org. in Libya criticised for sharing photos of beneficiaries of humanitarian programs

International org. in Libya criticised for sharing photos of beneficiaries of humanitarian programs

August 14, 2022 - 13:04
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) has expressed dissatisfaction with the policies of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Libya with regard to publishing identifiable pictures of beneficiaries of its humanitarian and medical aid programs.

"Such conduct is contrary to the interests of the vulnerable and needy groups and contradicts humanitarian values ​​and the principles of humanitarian and relief work," the organization said.

It indicated that the international organizations operating in Libya are doing this again and again despite previous observations and recommendations made to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, the International Organizations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Ministry of State for Displaced Affairs and Human Rights.

"This undermines the humanity and dignity of the beneficiaries of this aid and causes psychological, behavioral and social damage, especially to children."

The organizations must take into account the international standards for photographing the beneficiaries of humanitarian aid programs, including obtaining written consent before filming and publishing the people concerned, the organization noted, underscoring that it is not permissible to show the beneficiaries in such a deplorable situation.

It called on local, international, and international organizations working in the humanitarian field and relief work to abide by the recognized international and humanitarian standards in documenting the distribution of humanitarian aid, especially to children, the disabled, and the elderly.