Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Health Crisis: Syrian Government Targets the Wounded and Health Workers

A 39-page Report (pdf)

I’m not going to clean your wound… I’m waiting
for your foot to rot so that we can cut it off
A doctor at Homs military hospital, as reported by a 28-year-old patient who was shot in the foot on 16 May 2011 1.....

While Amnesty International recognizes that military and law enforcement personnel may need to arrest or detain wounded patients on occasions, in all such cases the detaining authorities have an obligation to ensure that the arrest is legal and that medical treatment of injured people is not compromised. In Syria, Amnesty International’s investigations indicate that such standards have not been met, and that detaining authorities, moreover, have subjected wounded patients to torture or other ill-treatment and have failed to provide adequate medical care. In some occasions, as documented here, they have interfered in the treatment of wounded persons inside health facilities.

Human rights law protects the right of all individuals to healthcare at all times, including during internal disturbances. State authorities are bound to uphold human rights law but, in this area as in so many others, the Syrian authorities are now committing serious and widespread human rights violations as s they seek to crush the popular protests and unrest that have gripped the country since last March...."

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