February 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

Medical personnel across the world are at risk of attack in armed conflicts. Whether the U.S. bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in October 2015, or the Syrian government’s years-long assault on doctors and medical facilities, such attacks violate protections under international human rights law and endanger medical neutrality.

When combatants destroy a hospital, they strip people of a safe space to go to when they are wounded or ill. When they kill a doctor, they also jeopardize the lives that doctor may have saved.

Join Physicians for Human Rights and the Open Society Foundations for an expert panel exploring how violations of medical neutrality are increasingly being used as a weapon of war, and what this means for humanitarian organizations’ ability to offer aid amidst conflict.


Elise Baker, Syria researcher for Physicians for Human Rights

Widney Brown, director of programs for Physicians for Human Rights

Deane Marchbein, president, MSF-USA

Jonathan Cohen, director of Open Society Public Health Program

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Open Society Public Health Program and Physicians for Human Rights

Open Society Foundations

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