humanitarian demining

GC: n

S: GICHD – (last access: 5 May 2024); UNMAS – (last access: 5 May 2024).

N: 1. – humanitarian (adj): As a noun by 1794 in the theological sense “one who affirms the humanity of Christ but denies his pre-existence and divinity,” from humanity + suffix from unitarian, etc.; see humanism. Meaning “philanthropist, one who advocates or practices human action to solve social problems” is from 1842, originally disparaging, with a suggestion of excess.
As an adjective by 1834 in the theological sense “affirming the humanity or human nature of Christ;” by 1855 as “having regard for the broad interests of humanity.”

– demining (n): variant “de-mining”. From verb demine (the first known use of demine was in 1945).
EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] units also will be available again for humanitarian demining, irregular warfare, civil support for handling unexploded ordnance found in communities and working with foreign militaries. Michael Peck, Air Force Times, 20 May 2013.
. often used before another noun. Examples: demining operations, de-mining equipment.

2. Humanitarian demining is the physical removal or deactivation of abandoned mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW), and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to protect civilians from their indiscriminate effect, facilitate a return to ordinary civilian life and, where applicable, ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. Humanitarian demining differs from military demining because it: (a) aims for complete mine clearance to make an area safe for civilians; (b) does not accept deminer casualties as an operational reality and therefore must adhere to strict safety standards at all times; and (c) must have a distinctly humanitarian, non-military purpose.

3. humanitarian demining satisfies the criteria for humanitarian assistance under the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols.

S: 1. Etymonline – (last access: 5 May 2024); MW – (last access: 5 May 2024). 2&3. RWP – (last access: 5 May 2024).


CR: humanitarian, humanitarian intervention.