The concept of protection encompasses all activities aimed at obtaining full respect for the rights of the individual in accordance with the letter and the spirit of the relevant bodies of law.
Protection refers to any activity that aims at creating an environment conducive to respect for human beings, preventing or alleviating the immediate effects of a specific pattern of abuse, and restoring dignified conditions of life through reparation, restitution and rehabilitation.
The Danish approach to protection of civilians is based on the global framework of international humanitarian law, human rights law, refugee law and the guiding principles on internal displacement. The concerns, priorities and self-protection actions of at-risk individuals and communities will – whenever possible – be the starting point for activities supported by Denmark. Protection activities are carried out before, during and after conflict, and hence include prevention, conflict response, early recovery, and longer term development interventions.