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The Executive Summary of our new report "Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict in 2018" is now available in French.

Press release: New report out now! In 2018 there were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients in 23 countries in conflict around the world. At least 167 health workers died, and at least 710 were injured as a result of these attacks.

The Executive Summary of our new report "Impunity Remains: Attacks on Health Care in 23 Countries in Conflict in 2018" is now available in Arabic.
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Although governments have continually declared that attacks on health care are unacceptable, their conduct shows instead that the attacks have become accepted. Today our Chair Len Rubenstein will speak at a special session of the UN Security Council to press governments to end their passivity and act to protect health workers and health care.

In response to recent protests, the government of Sudan has violently raided health facilities and arrested, detained, and killed health workers. The international community has the responsibility to call attention to these attacks on health care before the crisis escalates.

Recent attacks on healthcare in Sudan amidst the governmental crisis has caused an uprising roar around the world. The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations condemns attacks on healthcare and demands accountability for all perpetrators whose actions are violating the International Human Rights Law (IHRL) & the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Newsletter from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition detailing attacks on health from December 2018 to January 2019. If you have not already, please sign up to our newsletter on this site.
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The Sudanese government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is detaining doctors and targeting hospitals with tear gas amidst mass protests against the al-Bashir regime. This press release from Physicians for Human Rights demands that the Sudanese government release doctors and health care workers being held unlawfully, provide medical care for detainees in need, and allow medical responders and hospitals to function without threat of violence.

Physicians for Human Rights condemns the recent sentencing of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Dr. Gençay Gürsoy. Dr. Fincancı, sentenced to two years and six months in prison, is a world-renowned forensic medical expert and president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey. Dr. Gençay Gürsoy, the founder and former president of the Turkish Medical Association, was sentenced to two years and three months. Sign this petition to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to have all charges against them dropped.

Doctors in Sudan are under attack in recent weeks as they are emerging as a leading force in a wave of anti-government protests. The Sudan Doctors’ Syndicate reports, for example, that security forces have shot dead a doctor and attacked hospitals with tear gas and live ammunition. Doctors have also been arrested and injured.