E-news, April 2015

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Syria: Attacks on medical personnel and facilities
Monday, 27 April 2015

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, our member Physicians for Human Rights - USA (PHR) has documented attacks on medical personnel and facilities in Syria. In a new report, the organisation states that at least 610 medical personnel have been killed in the past four years and that there have been 233 attacks on 183 medical facilities. According to PHR, the Syrian government has systematically violated the principle of medical neutrality and is using attacks on medical workers and facilities as a weapon of war.

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Global Health Watch report now freely accessible
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The fourth edition of Global Health Watch, the alternative World Health Report published by the People's Health Movement, is now available for free download. Through its five sections, this book covers diverse issues related to health systems and the range of social, economic, political and environmental determinants of health. 

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New book on doctors who torture
Thursday, 9 April 2015

Recently, a new e-book appeared called "Doctors who Torture: The Pursuit of Justice". In this book, author Steven Miles, Professor of Medicine and Bioethics of the University of Minnesota, describes the history of "torture doctors" after World War II. The book surveys the global involvement of doctors in torture, defines torture medicine, looks at the codes to address this and describes the complete impunity of torture doctors during the cold war. It also outlines the human rights movement that is now holding doctors accountable.

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Deadly attacks on Red Cross and Red Crescent workers in the Middle East
Thursday, 9 April 2015

On a typical day, several Red Cross/Red Crescent workers in the Middle East may lose their lives while trying to save others. On the 3rd of April for instance, two brothers working for the local branch of the Yemen Red Crescent Society were shot dead in the southern port city of Aden while evacuating wounded people to a waiting ambulance. The brothers Bahuzaim were both wearing the red crescent emblem, which should have ensured their protection. Earlier that day, two Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers, Ibrahim Eid and Mohamad Ahmad Kamouaa, were killed while carrying out their duties. They were retrieving dead bodies and preparing shelters for people fleeing the fighting in the city of Idlib in North-Western Syria. 

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Intimidation of human rights organisations in Turkey
Wednesday, 8 April 2015

In support of our longtime collaborator Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), IFHHRO recently sent a letter to the President, the Prime Minister and several Ministers of the Republic of Turkey calling for an immediate end to oppression against HRFT. HRFT was sentenced to pay a high administrative fine for supposedly violating employment regulations, however we believe that the aim of this unfair fine is to punish and intimidate HRFT for its activities. 

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