The political upheaval of the recent Arab Spring has taken center stage in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet an alarming trend — the systematic attacks on medical professionals, facilities and patients — represents one of the most overlooked humanitarian issues and tactical threats facing people living in armed conflict and civil unrest say Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Dr. Stephen N. Xenakis in an Op-Ed in The Hill.
PHR and leading medical associations have called on President Bashar al-Assad—who trained as a doctor—to remember his oath to heal, not harm. Click Here to Sign Our Petition—tell Dr. Assad to honor the ceasefire, stop the attacks, and let medical professionals honor their oath to heal.
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An American activist who was refused entry to Bahrain on Sunday said he feared the 20 medics being re-tried for allegedly trying to overthrow the regime would be "scape-goated" by the authorities. Richard Sollom, who had flown in to the country with the intention of observing the medics' retrial today, told the Guardian he hoped international pressure would eventually force the King to quash the charges.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released a report detailing the Syrian government’s all-out assault on the country’s medical system. PHR’s report includes new and alarming evidence that government forces deny wounded civilians impartial medical treatment; invade, attack, and misuse hospitals; attack and impede medical transport, and detain and torture doctors for treating wounded civilians. These documented attacks illustrate the broader violence that the Syrian people have endured over the past several months.
Physicians for human rights (PHR), an independent non-governmental organisation have received reports of “violations of medical neutrality in Syria” and have called to for Assad’s government to discontinue its operation of “targeting medical facilities, health workers and their patients.”