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Combating Impunity: How We Risk Normalizing Chemical Weapons Attacks and Other War Crimes in Syria

04/18/2018

For the past seven years, the Syrian conflict has proven to be one of the most complex and brutal wars in recent history. As targeted attacks on health care continue and chemical attacks are carried out with impunity, do we risk normalizing egregious violations of humanitarian law?

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Yemen and Syria Rules of Combat: Is Blatant Disregard for Humanitarian Norms the New Normal?

03/26/2018

At the most basic level, international humanitarian law asserts that, while war unquestionably jeopardizes civilian wellbeing, it should not prevent the maintenance of health care amidst the chaos of the conflict. The end goal is to minimize cruelty.

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In the Crosshairs, Syria’s Doctors Are Still Saving Lives — and Bearing Witness

04/18/2017

At a hospital in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, Dr. Zakariya had just started an early morning shift when dozens of patients began streaming in. It was a scene of chaos: patients struggling to breathe, vomiting, convulsing, foaming at the mouth, and losing consciousness.

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On the Front Lines of a Chemical Attack

04/17/2017

As soon as he arrived on the scene, Bashar – a first responder with the Syrian Civil Defense or White Helmets – knew that this attack was unlike anything he had ever encountered.

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Protecting Syria's civilians: another discarded New Year's resolution?

01/11/2016

It's been just three weeks since the UN Security Council adopted its latest resolution on the conflict in Syria, re-authorizing cross-border delivery routes for humanitarian aid and promising - once again - to take "further measures" if the parties to the conflict do not comply with international humanitarian law.

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