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Cover of Impunity Must End
05/15/2017

Intense violence against health workers persisted in 2016—and accountability for the attacks remains inadequate or non-existent. Leonard Rubenstein, chair of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, discusses findings in the coalition's new report documenting attacks on health in 23 countries.
Cover of Impunity Must End
05/03/2017

New report from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition shows the extent and intensity of violence against health workers globally remains alarmingly high and calls on the UN Security Council and countries to take concrete steps toward preventing attacks and ending impunity.
05/03/2017

There was a “staggering” — yet ultimately unknown — number of violent attacks on health care workers, patients and facilities in 2016, stretching across at least 23 countries in conflict or states of political unrest, a new report has found.
02/24/2017

According to coalition members MAP and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, more than a third of all patients applying to leave Gaza for treatment elsewhere in the oPt or abroad last year were denied or did not receive an answer in time for their appointment.
02/23/2017

Coalition member Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is deeply alarmed by reports of systematic targeting of hospitals and medical infrastructure in Dara’a, Syria.
Statement text
01/24/2017

Coalition member Save the Children gave a statement supported by the coalition at the 140th session of the WHO Executive Board, encouraging the WHO to finalize its methods to collect data on attacks on health care, and stressing the importance of disseminating the data to Member States.
12/12/2016

Coalition member Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) joins medical colleagues around the world in urging the Russian medical community to demand that its government ease the health care crisis in Syria. Health care continues to be used as a weapon of war: PHR has documented the deaths of 757 health workers and 382 attacks on medical facilities throughout the conflict.
12/06/2016

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.
11/29/2016

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.
11/28/2016

The last week has seen the surge of violence in Syria’s city of Aleppo, in which every hospital in the rebel-held east Aleppo has been damaged to the extent of putting them out of service (a statement confirmed by the World Health Organization), leaving more than 250,000 men, women, and children living in east Aleppo without access to health care. In light of this, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) reaffirms its firm stance against violations of International Humanitarian Law and attacks on health care workers, facilities, and systems.

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