March 04, 2016

"A resolution is a welcome step but only if it shows an unwavering commitment to ensuring that health workers, facilities, and patients never come under attack. Several permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have over recent months been engaged in, or have supported, military activities resulting in destruction of health facilities. Therefore, any new resolution will require states in the security council, notably the permanent members, to lead by example. A resolution would have to ensure that each member of the security council and the armed groups and states they support respect and facilitate the provision of medical assistance in conflict."

—Dr. Joanne Liu, MSF International President

Further Reading on this Issue

"Even War Has Rules": Remarks On Kunduz By Deane Marchbein And Jason Cone In Washington, DC

Protection of Medical Services Under International Humanitarian Law: A Primer

Foreign Policy: Across the Middle East, Doctors Are Being Killed Like Never Before (Registration required)

Op-Ed: The UN Security Council Must Do More to Protect Syrian Civilians

WNYC's Here's the Thing: MSF's Joanne Liu Still Believes War Has Rules

New York Times: As Bombs Hit Syrian Hospitals, Medical Workers Fear They Are the Target

Medical Care Under Fire: International Law in Times of Conflict (Webcast)

 

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