Inspirational Quotes by Peter Maurer

By | October 24, 2017

Torture can destroy the social fabric of communities, degrade a society’s institutions, and undermine the integrity of its political systems.

Peter Maurer

Torture and other forms of cruel or humiliating treatment are an affront to humanity, and the physical and psychological scars can last a lifetime.

Peter Maurer

Every day, we hear of civilians being killed and wounded in violation of the basic rules of international humanitarian law and with total impunity. Instability is spreading. Suffering is growing. No country can remain untouched.

Peter Maurer

We cannot guarantee that a humanitarian catastrophe of the extent of the Holocaust will not happen again. On the contrary, we witness a catalogue of atrocities every day in wars across the globe.

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Not only does disability impact individual health and well-being, it also leads to social and economic exclusion.

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We live in an environment in which connectivity and cyberspace are transforming all workplaces, including the humanitarian workplace.

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Very often, development agencies or even some of the humanitarian actors choose the… more comfortable type of work, where it is safe, while the more important work has to be done where it is profoundly unsafe.

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We must understand the factors that cause fragility, violence, and conflict in order to develop solutions that will meaningfully reduce instability at its roots rather than merely addressing the symptoms.

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New technologies are rapidly giving rise to unprecedented methods of warfare. Innovations that yesterday were science fiction could cause catastrophe tomorrow, including nanotechnologies, combat robots, and laser weapons.

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Humanitarian action cannot be held hostage to political ends.

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Conflicts are increasingly causing devastation in densely populated urban centres rather than open battlefields, creating a host of new problems through the cumulative impact from the destruction of vital services like water and electricity.

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There is a clear business case for building the resilience and capacity of local communities, businesses, and institutions because a peaceful, educated, and productive population will stimulate economic growth in the long term.

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The issue of corruption in the humanitarian system is not an issue which is fundamentally different from dangers of corruption in other areas. One of the best ways to strengthen accountability is to engage in principled and law-based humanitarian action.

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They say that truth is the first casualty of war. But there is another casualty as well: trust. As conflict escalates, trust between people and political leaders crumbles away as surely as night follows day.

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The disconnect between what people think and what the political leaders are actually doing is something that we really need to start raising.

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The principal cause of suffering during humanitarian crises is insufficient respect of applicable rules of international humanitarian law.

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The sad fact is that horrendous human conflict is nothing new.

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As responsible politicians, you have to manage migration.

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We need to understand that the Geneva Conventions are not just some historical documents born of another time, created for another purpose.

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In our fibre-optic world of tweets and tablets, we are more conscious of the world around us. The technicolour violence and humanitarian abuses of today are just a flick of a switch away. In our homes, on the train, in our coffee shops, we see it, we feel it, we know about it. All of us. All of the time. Human suffering is visible, constantly.

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I think we are challenged in how we define humanitarian action today and how we relate to long-term needs. We are also confronted with legitimate expectations from the people who want us to respond far more thoroughly to their basic pleas than we would have done in a much more contained form of conflict.

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Where you are born, your parent’s beliefs, or your ethnic background should not make you a target.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution does not just entail risks: it also brings solutions to humanitarian problems.

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The young, the old, women, the disabled, the sick and the wounded are entitled to protection under international law. Too often, the ICRC’s calls for those laws to be respected are ignored.

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Ensuring the respect of international humanitarian law and principles is one of the key areas necessary to establish accountability chains.

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We demonize our enemies at our own peril.

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Experience shows that the reliance on illegal, immoral, and inhumane interrogation techniques is universally a very poor choice.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross visits roughly half a million detainees in nearly 100 countries each year. It’s our job to try to prevent and put an end to torture and ill-treatment.

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I have known Sepp Blatter, FIFA and football for a long time, and there are some fundamental values which FIFA and the ICRC share.

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Trust into leadership evaporates with communities when they see that their problems are not adequately addressed, neither at the national level nor at the international arena.

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Even in war, everyone deserves to be treated humanely.

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Since 1989, public alarm at the prospect of atomic Armageddon has quietened, but the number of nuclear-armed states has increased, arsenals are being modernized, and powerful states remain convinced that a nuclear security umbrella is vital to national defense, domestic prestige, and geopolitical clout.

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It has always been clear that any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic humanitarian consequences.

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Concrete steps are needed to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in military plans, doctrines, and policies.

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Until the last nuclear weapon is eliminated, more must also be done to reduce the risk of a detonation. Nuclear-armed states should reduce the number of warheads on high alert and be clearer about the actions they are taking to prevent accidents.

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Suffering does not change its face.

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As conflicts last longer, as the scale of needs increase, we are having to adapt. There is an increasing blurring between immediate humanitarian assistance and long-term development needs.

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Short-termism is no longer an option. We have to envisage humanitarian action with a medium- and long-term perspective.

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Cities tend to be representations of societies: diversity and inequality find their extremes in urban settings. Yet, when war is added onto pre-existing inequalities, high levels of poverty, or even disaster, urban fragility increases exponentially, making it harder to absorb the shocks of warfare.

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While the nature of warfare is changing and wars are moving into cities, they are also becoming longer and their consequences more impactful.

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Humanitarian assistance, once conceived as a short-term relief effort, is increasingly the only substitute for long-term development work in protracted armed conflicts.

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The fragility created by protracted conflicts, resulting in destroyed cities and dramatically insufficient services, is not something that humanitarian organizations can address comprehensively. Only political solutions can end armed conflicts.

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Businesses operating in fragile or conflict-affected environments bear a responsibility to, at the very minimum, do no harm and avoid fuelling conflict or reinforcing fragility.

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The humanitarian ecosystem is diverse – not only is there a variety of traditional humanitarian actors, but the system should also embrace an increasing diversity of private sector actors.

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The creative capacity of the private sector should be harnessed to develop new and more effective ways to deliver humanitarian solutions.

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Local businesses and communities must be included from the very start in developing solutions to fragility, violence, and conflict.

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Fragility, violence, and conflict are complex. Fragility is influenced by a wide set of factors, many of which are deeply entrenched, such as high social and income inequality. The lines between criminal, inter-communal, and politically motivated violence are often blurred.

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People living through armed conflicts need infrastructure and services which will last, and the last thing on their mind is which budget line applies.

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To respond to people’s needs, humanitarian action has evolved from a temporary fix to a long-term safety net.

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The relatively unpredictable flow of funds to humanitarian organizations, and the bureaucratic strings often attached to them, can have a highly negative impact on an organization’s ability to plan and execute programmes effectively. We need to be able to rely on predictable income flows to plan sustainable programmes.

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Every year, we ask our donors to dig deeper. And every year, they gladly, generously comply. It is now up to us to find ways and means to forestall the day when they cannot – or will not. Or the consequences for people in war zones could be disastrous.

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Economic activity can help repair war-torn societies, but if it’s not conducted responsibly, it can also create or prolong violence. Companies and international organisations must help strengthen communities and overcome the trauma of violence.

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