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WHO Ethical and safety recommendations for researching, documenting and monitoring sexual violence in emergencies

World Health Organization

Ethics can be defined as a system or code of moral values that provides rules and standards of conduct. The three primary ethical principles that should guide all inquiries involving human beings (including methods used to collect information) are as follows: 1) Respect for persons, which relates to respecting the autonomy and self-determination of participants, and protecting those who lack autonomy, including by providing security from harm or abuse.

Updated December 5, 2017.

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