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No One Arrested, Jailed For Attacks On Aid Workers, Health Facilities, Despite Becoming More Common

NPR: Why Is No One Punished For Attacks On Aid Workers?
“…[T]he rules are simple: Don’t target medical facilities. Don’t harm doctors and medical workers. Don’t harm civilians, including aid workers. They’re outlined in a raft of domestic and international laws. This includes the Geneva Conventions … In the past few years, almost no one has been arrested or jailed for these atrocities or prosecuted at the International Criminal Court or ad hoc U.N. tribunals. The message to violators is that they can act with impunity, says Patricia McIlreavy, vice president of humanitarian policy at InterAction, a coalition of global NGOs. ‘I don’t know of any punishments that have been meted out,’ she says…” (Gharib, 9/29).

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