The humanitarian crisis in eastern Aleppo is tragic but not unimaginable or surprising—it is the result of years of inaction by the international community, writes Physicians for Human Rights researcher Elise Baker.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel reports on the increasing number of attacks against personnel and transport teams by Israeli Army and Border Police in Israel and Palestine and the Israeli authorities dismissal or delay in investigating these occurrences.
Where there is pain, you will always find healers. And those healers should not be targets for attacks in times of war or at peaceful protests. National Nurses United condemns reports of medics specifically targeted for arrest and attack in North Dakota.
Coalition Chair Leonard Rubenstein recommends the UN Security Council take three immediate actions to protect health workers and services and implement its resolution from May 2016. The Council will hold a briefing on the resolution on September 28. After the recent, horrific attacks in Syria, the credibility of the Council is at stake.
Honoring #WorldHumanitarianDay, we are reminded that the majority of the humanitarian work force is comprised of local workers, who face tremendous risks when providing assistance. Investments in the humanitarian system, including health workers, should reflect this reality in order to be more cost-effective.
We know very little about what happened to Sister Veronika Rackova, a physician and Catholic nun who was loved by her community in Yei, South Sudan. We know that someone shot at Sister Veronika’s ambulance and she died four days later. She was one of more than a thousand people killed in the last 15 months as a result of attacks on health care.
Today on Human Rights Day we remember that access to health is a human right. Furthermore, preventing health workers from providing care is a violation of international law. Unfortunately in East Jerusalem, this is a situation that they know all too well.
Violence against health care facilities and health workers is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian—and global health—issues today.
The US military’s bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last weekend illustrates the vulnerability of health care facilities and health workers during armed conflict and the all too common violation of international law. With the recent Post 2015 Agenda introduced in New York in the form of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, we must ensure that the safety and protection of health workers are included in the Health Goal : SDG 3.