Protection of minorities in disaster situations


In practice, there are varying mechanisms to protect minorities in disaster situations. These include ensuring that minorities receive disaster information and messages in languages they understand; consulting and collaborating with them in disaster planning and execution; putting in place mechanisms that protect them from discrimination; as well as considering their specific needs such as allowance for religious and ritual practices; keeping them together if they so wish in order to maintain their cultural identity and heritage, among others. Moreover, it is always important to put in place mechanisms to check marginalisation or discrimination against minorities on cultural grounds.

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