Pakistan Humanitarian Forum: Press Statement The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the deplorable spate of apparently targeted abductions of humanitarian aid personnel. (Islamabad 26 January 2012): Three separate security incidents on humanitarian aid personnel have occurred in recent weeks in Pakistan. The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum condemns, in the strongest possible terms, this deplorable spate of apparently targeted incidents against humanitarian aid staff. PHF reiterates that all parties must recognize and respect the inherent neutrality and independence of the humanitarian assistance provided by dedicated humanitarian workers. â€˜The PHF extends its sympathy to all those directly involved in these incidents and regrets the inevitable delay in getting vital assistance to communities resulting from this insecurityâ€™ Aine Fay PHF Chair. PHF members provide life-saving assistance and development support to the most vulnerable people in Pakistan. We express grave concern at this deterioration in the Security Situation for humanitarian organizations and personnel, and the negative impact it will likely have on the ability of humanitarian aid and development organizations to provide assistance for the countryâ€™s most vulnerable people. PHF calls on all individuals and parties to respect the work of humanitarian aid and development agencies, and to refrain from acts that may jeopardize staff and activities. It also urges those responsible to ensure the safe and immediate release of the humanitarian aid personnel abducted. END Notes to Editors: The Pakistan-Humanitarian Forum was formed to coordinate and strengthen the efforts of International NGOs working in disaster management. The forum collectively represents INGOs to the Government of Pakistan, United Nations, and the larger humanitarian community, including the National Humanitarian Network of Pakistani NGOs and Community-Based Organizations. PHF has seats on the Humanitarian Country Team, the Policy and Strategy Meetings in Peshawar, the Emergency Relief Fund Advisory and Review Boards, and the Pakistan Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Country Team, a coordination mechanism constituted by UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement, and international NGOs. There are 42 member organizations of the PHF and 11 organizations with PHF observer status.
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