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September 2018

Violations of Right to Health in Kurdistan

September 6th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , , |

Introduction In February 2018, a team from the Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI), with the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR), undertook a field mission to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, also known as Iraqi Kurdistan. The team visited Erbil and Duhok provinces where they conducted in-person meetings with representatives of local and

July 2018

The Criminalization of Healthcare – Report Summary

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

A recently published report examines the ways in which domestic legal frameworks are negatively affecting medical impartiality around the world. Under the auspices of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, researchers at the University of Essex and John’s Hopkins University

March 2018

Detained journalists in Egypt denied access to health care

March 22nd, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , |

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more than half of the 20 detained journalists in Egypt are in poor health. Multiple reports document the systematic interference with access to health care inside Egyptian detention facilities. In June 2014, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights published a report  titled “Health in Egyptian Prisons: a field

January 2018

Obstruction of Medical Assistance in the West Bank

January 19th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

Throughout the occupied West Bank, Israeli officers have reportedly interfered with the work of medical teams by obstructing their access to the injured, and some patients died as a result. Israeli forces have also attacked medics and ambulances. In 2016, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) documented 26 assaults on medics and ambulance teams and

August 2017

Effect of Power Cuts on Gaza’s Health Sector

August 18th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

Power outages in Gaza increased from 14 hours a day in January 2017 to 18 hours in May to an all-time high of 21 hours a day in July. The strip’s energy crisis stems from a dispute over fuel taxes between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in April. In addition to the impact on the

PRCS-Affiliated Hospitals in Lebanon: Barriers to Health Care Delivery

August 14th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

There are five Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) hospitals in Lebanon that offer health care for Palestinian refugees. Those five hospitals are Haifa Hospital in Burj Barajneh camp in the Southern suburbs of Beirut, Safad Hospital in Beddawi camp in North Lebanon, Balsam Hospital in Rashidieh camp in South Lebanon, Al Hamshari Hospital in Saida

April 2017

Syria: Attacks on medical facilities continue in 2017 despite international measures

April 28th, 2017|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Since March 2011, Syria has seen increased rate of attacks on medical facilities, services and infrastructure. Health care has become a weapon of war, and targeting medics a strategy. Between March 2011 and December 2016, there were no less than 411 attacks on medical facilities and personnel. At least 814 medical workers have been killed

February 2017

Yemen’s Healthcare Sector Decimated While World Stands Idly By

February 20th, 2017|Categories: papers, Uncategorized|

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

January 2017

Idlib Hospitals Under Fire

January 17th, 2017|Categories: papers, Reports|

Since the end of May 2016, the Syrian and Russian government have attacked nine health facilities in Idlib province in a blatant violation of the laws of war. Syrian and Russian forces have failed to uphold their obligations under international law as attacks on civilian targets remain. Defenders for Medical Impartiality (DMI) welcomes the U.N.

December 2016

Nothing is Spared in Aleppo

December 7th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Sustained and repeated attacks on civilian infrastructure in rebel-held Aleppo are contributing to a large number of civilian casualties and depriving thousands of adequate medical care. All parties to the conflict, especially the Syrian and Russian governments, must take all necessary precautions to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure, and allow for the delivery of needed

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