Humanitarian Programme Cycle 2014 Protection Cluster Strategic Response Plan Cluster lead agency
OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (OHCHR)
$43,887,185 (50 projects)
Li Fung, Protection Cluster Coordinator, [email protected]
In support of the overall Humanitarian Programme Cycle strategy, and specifically Strategic Objective 1 relating to enhancing the protection of populations in Gaza, Area C, the Seam Zone and East Jerusalem, the Protection Cluster response strategy will focus on achieving two main objectives: (1) To increase respect for human rights and international humanitarian law; and (2) To prevent and mitigate the impacts of abuses and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, and of the armed conflict. To achieve these objectives, and to address the priority protection concerns identified in the 1 Protection Cluster Needs Analysis Framework, the Protection Cluster will implement a range of projects that provide direct protective support and response to affected communities and vulnerable groups, actively promote accountability and access to justice, challenge the policies and practices that are at the root of violations, and promote protective impact by humanitarian actors in other clusters/sectors. The Protection Cluster will prioritize humanitarian interventions that address the following criteria: Provide an immediate response to a protection concern, or have an immediate protective impact by preventing, averting or mitigating a protection risk; Address the identified protection needs and/or prioritize identified vulnerable groups or geographic areas; Provide effective protection interventions for children affected by conflict and violence, or strengthen the overall child protection response; Provide emergency response and access to services for victims of abuses and violations, including legal, protective and psychosocial response; and livelihoods, shelter, WASH, educational and health assistance in coordination with other clusters/sectors; Seek to enhance the accountability of perpetrators of human rights and IHL violations through direct interaction with the authorities or through the mobilization of other stakeholders; Provide effective protection interventions for women affected by conflict and violence; Respond to and integrate gender and diversity issues; Seek to enhance self-reliance and resilience (e.g. support to community-based protection and support mechanisms); Promote the involvement and empowerment of local organizations and communities. To promote a holistic response to protection risks, the Protection Cluster will coordinate closely with other clusters/sectors in the provision of emergency response and access to services for victims of abuses and violations, and vulnerable groups. The Protection Cluster will coordinate the protection response (including monitoring and investigation, recourse to legal and administrative measures, protective presence, child protection, psychosocial support, strengthened response to gender-based violence, and advocacy) and refer other humanitarian needs to the appropriate cluster/sector (including through the inter-cluster response mechanism). The Protection Cluster lead will work with 1
Key protection concerns include conflict-related violence and violations by Israeli security forces; imposition and enforcement of the Access Restricted Areas in the Gaza Strip; the blockade on the Gaza Strip and related restrictions on freedom of movement; the risk of forced displacement in the West Bank; settler violence in the West Bank; child protection concerns; gender-based violence; and actions by Palestinian duty bearers. See the Protection Cluster Needs Analysis Framework for a detailed analysis.
other cluster/sector leads to mainstream protection and promote respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in their interventions. To ensure an effective response to identifie