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Medicine Under Siege in the Former Yugoslavia: 1991-1995

by Eric Stover, former PHR Executive Director

May 1996

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This report examines the wars in the former Yugoslavia through the prism of medical neutrality. Hospitals and clinics in or near conflict zones were deliberately and often repeatedly attacked. Patients and medical staff were shot at by snipers, and, in at least one case, forcibly removed from hospital wards and summarily executed.

The PHR team collected evidence of mass killings of civilians, interviewed witnesses and reviewed postmortem and crime scene photographs, and medically examined victims of torture and other abuses, over the course of several missions to the former Yugoslavia between October 1995 and November 1995.

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