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09/19/2018

Report from the International Peace Institute highlighting the use of counterterrorism measures and their increasingly adverse impact on the provision of medical care and the conduct of principled humanitarian action in armed conflict settings.
08/29/2018

New report from Human Rights Watch highlight the horrifying number of attacks against civilians in Yemen and warns that, if the Saudi-led coalition continues to fall short in safeguarding measures, all coalition members will be "at risk of complicity" in future attacks.
08/03/2018

Julian Sheather explores recent report "The Criminalization of Healthcare" developed in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights, the University of Essex and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.
07/24/2018

Medical Aid for Palestinians has launched a petition to the UK government, calling for them to safeguard the health workforce in Gaza
07/18/2018

When hospitals or clinics are attacked, women often become targets. But what do we know about the real impact on their health and well-being?
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07/09/2018

A new report reviews laws, prosecutions, and other forms of state-inflicted violence in multiple countries against health workers for treating alleged terrorists or enemies. Of 16 countries reviewed, at least ten have laws that have been or could be used to prosecute the provision of health care to people in need as a form of supporting terrorism.
05/26/2018

Denouncing attacks on health-care facilities and personnel in conflict situations, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2286 in May, 2016. Addressing the Council, then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, condemned military actions leading to destruction of health-care facilities as war crimes, and called on Member States to honour their obligations to protect health-care workers and patients in conflict saying “even war has rules”.
05/22/2018

This briefing is published jointly by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), ahead of the United Nations Security Council’s debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict scheduled for 22 May 2018. The briefing covers the period from 1 May 2017 to 1 May 2018 and highlights the vulnerability of health services and facilities in Libya to attacks, interference and disruption by armed groups.
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05/21/2018

New report from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition shows alarming pattern of deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on health care.
05/02/2018

This article examines attacks on health care facilities in conflicts in six middle- to high- income countries that have occurred over the past three decades to try and determine if attacks have become more common, and to assess the different methods used to collect data on attacks. The six conflicts reviewed are Yemen (2015-Present), Syria (2011- Present), Iraq (2003–2011), Chechnya (1999–2000), Kosovo (1998–1999), and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992–1995).

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