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March 2017

Turkey: Doctor Unlawfully Imprisoned for Providing Medical Care

March 30th, 2017|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

On 19 October 2016, Turkish police arrested and arbitrarily detained Dr. Serdar Küni, a member of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, which is a Turkish NGO that provides treatment and rehabilitation services for victims of torture. Dr. Küni is also the former president of the Şırnak Chamber of Medicine, a Turkish medical association. Authorities

November 2016

Eyes on Aleppo

November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Timeline of Events July 3 – December 6, 2016 July 3 Syrian forces attempt to seize al-Malah Farms on the northern edge of Aleppo running adjacent to the Castello Road, the only road into and out of rebel-held Aleppo. July 6 Syrian army declares a temporary ceasefire from 13:00 on July 6 until 24:00 on

The Spread of Cholera in Yemen

November 16th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A year and a half of war between Houthi rebels and the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has resulted in the destruction of the majority of health facilities, deterioration of water supplies, and the denial of aid entry into major cities in Yemen. Consequently, this crippled environment allows various life-threatening health issues to arise and spread, including

October 2016

Aleppo’s Children Face Strains on Health Care Access

October 31st, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In just the past month, over 300 children have died in Aleppo and another 100 have been wounded. Syrian and Russian forces have launched indiscriminate strikes on health care facilities in Aleppo, contributing to the high number of deaths and injuries among children. Some are dying inside struck hospitals, and an average of 17 children

Unlawful Blockade in Yemen

October 6th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Death in a warzone is often the result of direct violence – explosions and gunshots. In Yemen, however, more and more civilians are dying of preventable health conditions such as disease and malnutrition.  Thousands of Yemenis lie in packed hospitals as their kidneys fail without dialysis treatments, as they enter septic shock without simple antibiotics,

HRC33 Side Event Summary: “Doctors under Attack: Systematic Violations of Medical Impartiality in Yemen, Syria, and Egypt”

October 5th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

27 September 2016, Geneva, Switzerland - Defenders for Medical Impartiality organized a panel event entitled "Doctors under Attack: Systematic Violations of Medical Impartiality in Yemen, Syria, and Egypt." The event was held in parallel to the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).   Moderating the panel was Diam Abou Diab, Senior Advocacy Associate for

September 2016

Medical Negligence inside Israeli Prisons

September 21st, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , |

In more than 20 Israeli prisons and detention facilities, access to medical care has reached its lowest recorded point since 2014, following newly adopted punitive measures that have left thousands of Palestinian detainees dead or seriously ill. Israeli prison authorities continue to practice a policy of medical negligence against more than 7,000 Palestinian detainees, offering

From ISIS Hospitals to Underequipped Displacement Camps – The Difficulties Accessing Health Care in Iraq’s Fallujah.

September 1st, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

Background to Iraqi Health Care System Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the subsequent fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, the Iraqi health care system has been in great need of reconstruction. The conflict almost destroyed Iraq’s primary health care delivery, disease control and prevention services as well as health research infrastructure. Much of

August 2016

Humanitarian Sufferings in Fallujah

August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

For civilians living in Fallujah, access to adequate health care has been out of reach for a long time. Since ISIS took control of the city in 2014, decreasing levels of medical supplies and increasing abuses carried out by the group have led to a deterioration in the quality of medical care available. Since early

Libya’s Crumbling Healthcare System

August 11th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

Background to the Libyan Conflict Libya’s long-ruling leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, ruled the country from 1969 to 2011. Qaddafi outlined his political ideology in The Green Book and he exercised unrestricted control over the country. This led to vase human rights violations both inside the country as well as outside as the leader funded non-state actors

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