U.N. Must Continue To Condemn Attacks On Health Care Facilities, Workers In Conflict Situations

The Lancet: Health care in conflict: war still has rules
Editorial Board

“…[A] new report from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, Violence on the front line: attacks on health care in 2017, shows a grim reality of continued attacks on health infrastructures coming from all sides, and which persist with impunity. … [T]he sheer number of attacks in 2017 demonstrates the international community’s catastrophic failure to uphold its commitment to the [U.N. Security Council’s] resolution [denouncing attacks on health care facilities and personnel in conflict situations]. The Coalition makes specific recommendations to the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights, Security Council, and secretary general to ensure that the lives and rights of health care workers and patients are protected in conflict areas. António Guterres, U.N. secretary general, must continue to condemn these attacks, work proactively to stop them, and hold the perpetrators accountable for their war crimes” (5/26).