Zahra and Mohammad don’t know each other but they share the same misery as do many others in Yemen who had a kidney transplant. On 12 January 2017, Zahra passed away from kidney failure due to the lack of her immunosuppressant medication in the market, a medicine that her doctor told her would have to
Between June and December 2016, there were 172 attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria. Of this number, 72 occurred in Aleppo, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) report, “The Failure of UN Security Council Resolution 2286 in Preventing Attacks on Healthcare in Syria.” The Syrian government and its allies, mainly Russia,
On 26 September 2016, Dr. Hani Hodaib, member of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate and Doctors Without Rights, delivered an oral intervention on behalf of Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva under item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.
On 26 September 2016, Dr. Mohamad Katoub, Advocacy Manager at Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), delivered an oral intervention on behalf of Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva under item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.
The Saudi Arabian government is often criticised by human rights organisations for its lack of transparency. Information released through official channels in the country is carefully chosen and the press is heavily censored. Authorities regularly subject dissenting voices, human rights defenders and irregular migrants to detention. Security forces hold foreigners awaiting deportation
Mere hours after it announced the end of its military campaign, a Saudi-led military coalition resumed aerial bombardment of military targets in Yemen. The renewed air campaign is exacerbating the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the coalition’s previous month-long operation. Since the Saudi-led military forces intervened in the Yemeni conflict, civilian casualties have dramatically increased. Moreover, constant
The Yarmouk camp, a decades-old camp for Palestinian refugees, has been the site of an attack against the Nusra Front by Daésh. The intense fighting has taken place in the most densely populated areas of Yarmouk, which is less than a square mile in size. For the last week, it has been too dangerous for the UN
On the 14th of January, a new wave of police harassment targeting Egyptian medical workers swept through Egypt when Taher Mokhtar, a member of the Freedoms Committee at the Doctors Syndicate and his two roommates were arrested. The detainees were accused of possessing anti-governmental and health system reform pamphlets. The arrest occurred amidst the security raids
As health practitioners work to address the rights of prisoners in Gulf countries, governments continue to violate key principles of medical impartiality. Denying access to doctors or proper medical treatment for sick prisoners, ignoring the advice of doctors, and using doctors to treat injuries inflicted through torture are all common practices utilized by different governments. While
Image credited of theaustralian.com. On 9 September 2014, Mohammed Said Al Nemr, a 27 year old ambulance driver for Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, was killed by a gunshot wound as he responded to a medical emergency in Sana’a. An ambulance for the Yemen Red Crescent Society was also hit by a bullet. Cases