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August 2016

Health Care in the Besieged City of Ta’iz

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

The city of Ta’iz has been besieged since early April 2015 when an alliance of local forces led by the Muslim Brotherhood fought off the Houthis’ attempt to control the city. The Houthi rebels responded by cutting off roads and blocking the delivery of food and medical aid. Pro-government forces partially broke the siege in heavy

July 2016

Attacks on Health Care in Yemen

July 25th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , , |

  Background to the Conflict in Yemen The war in Yemen began on 25 March 2015, when a Saudi Arabia-led coalition (including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates) launched air strikes against the country. The members of the coalition stated that the strikes were requested by President Abdu Rabu

UK government willfully rejects clear evidence of Saudi breaches of international humanitarian law in war in Yemen.

July 20th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

The conflict in Yemen has borne witness to numerous cases of indiscriminate bombing of civilian infrastructure by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. The Saudi-led coalition is attempting to destabilize the Yemeni economy through the continued targeting of economic infrastructure. In January 2016, a UN report found that the coalition conducted “widespread and systematic” airstrikes against civilian

Egypt: Fighting for Survival Inside al-Aqrab

July 15th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

The two bodies of law: IHL and IHRL International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) are two complementary sets of international rules established by treaty or custom. Both strive to protect the lives, health, and dignity of individuals, although in different contexts. Whereas IHRL applies in both peacetime and wartime, IHL specifically

Deteriorating standard of health at Al-Salmaniya Medical Complex

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

The dismissal of experienced doctors for providing medical care to injured protestors in the wake of the 2011 popular uprisings in Bahrain, coupled with the hiring of foreign medics and poor hospital management, are contributing to a low standard of health at Al-Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), the country’s largest public hospital. The government of Bahrain

June 2016

Health Care in Government-Held Areas in Syria

June 20th, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, there had been 599 medical workers killed in 224 attacks on medical facilities by February 2015. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported-facilities were subjected to 94 aerial and shelling attacks in 2015 alone. These attacks killed or wounded 81 medical staff. Attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria

Refugees struggle to access medical services in Jordan

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

With no solution to the conflict in sight, the humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to deteriorate. Syrian refugees have scattered over several countries, especially in neighboring Arab countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, and to a lesser extent Iraq and Egypt. National and international organizations and many other institutions have been providing refugees with basic

May 2016

Healthcare in Besieged Areas in Syria

May 20th, 2016|Categories: papers|Tags: , , , , |

In 2011, war erupted in Syria, quickly escalating into humanitarian crisis. The ongoing multi-sided armed conflict has become very intense, and Syria has thereby witnessed a deteriorating human rights situation. The Syrian conflict has so far resulted in thousands of casualties and millions of persons either internally displaced or seeking refuge abroad. Those who are

March 2015

Medical Impartiality Violations in Libya

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Medical Impartiality News, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Picture credited to ICRC.org The civil war in Libya and the fight against Muammar Qaddafi has decimated the Libyan healthcare system.  As protests in Libya escalated into civil war, violations of medical impartiality increased as the rebels and Qaddafi forces clashed.  Government officials denied proper medical treatment to civilians, stole medical records, created drug and

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