Leonard Rubenstein

Statement of Support for Medecins sans Frontieres on their request for an investigation into the Kunduz Hospital attack

Monday, October 19, 2015
The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition supports MSF's request for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate the attack on its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that resulted in the deaths of patients and staff. The Commission was created under the Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions specifically to investigate alleged violations of international humanitarian law and report on findings.

Finally, a Major Step Forward in Protecting Health Workers and Facilities

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Despite firm standards rooted in the Geneva Conventions to protect health facilities, health workers, and the patients served during armed conflict, and to enable health professionals to act consistently with their ethical obligations, assaults on and interference with health functions are all too common in war. Aside from the human toll they take, these attacks often compromise the ability to deliver care to populations in great need, impede efforts to reconstruct health systems after war, and lead to the flight of health workers whose presence in a time of great social stress is essential.