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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

Double Tap Strikes: Deliberate Attacks on First Responders in Syria and Yemen

July 6th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , |

‘Double tap attacks’, or ‘double tap strikes’, refer to the military tactic of launching two successive strikes against the same target. The first strike is intended to eliminate or damage the target, while the second aims to injure or kill medics and others who are responding to the initial attack. In recent years belligerents in

June 2018

Volunteer medic killed along the Gaza-Israel border by Israeli fire

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Razan Najjar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic, was shot on Friday, 1 June 2018 as she was helping evacuate and treat wounded protestors near the Gaza border with Israel. Najjar had been working for 10 weeks on treating those injured while partaking in the Great March of Return. Gaza health ministry officials said that at least

April 2018

Another chapter in Gaza’s collapsing health care system

April 12th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

As of 18 February 2018, 860 surgeries had been delayed in Gaza amid labor strikes, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health. Cleaning companies operating in hospitals in Gaza went on strike on 11 February 2018 to protest unpaid salaries. Some 832 cleaners had not received their salaries for months. The Ministry of Health reports that

May 2017

Attacks on Health Go Unpunished since Passing of Security Council Resolution 2286, says SHCC report

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

One year after the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2286, attacks on health workers, services, and infrastructure continue with impunity. In its report entitled Impunity Must End, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition documents attacks on health care in 23 countries. Released on the first anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2286,

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