Overdue Action Needed to Stop Attacks on Health Care
In the face of persistent violence against hospitals, medical personnel and patients, 3 years ago the UN Security Council adopted a resolution reaffirming long-held norms of respecting and protecting health care in conflict and calling for concrete steps on prevention and accountability.
Since then, governments have continually declared that such attacks are unacceptable, but their conduct shows instead that the attacks have become accepted. Today, France and Germany are holding a special session of the UN Security Council to press governments to end their passivity in the face of this violence. The session includes representatives of civil society, and I am pleased to be able to speak to the Security Council as chair of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, a group of 40 health provider, humanitarian and human rights organizations and academic centers.
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