by Elise Baker, Widney Brown, Erin Gallagher et al.
Physicians for Human Rights, March 2015
The consequences of the international community’s failure to protect Syrians from systematic and repeated violations of both human rights and humanitarian law have been devastating. Yet, one in particular stands out: the erosion of the long-established principle that neither militaries nor armed groups can target medical workers and the health care system for attacks. Since 2011, the Syrian government has systematically violated this principle and is using attacks on medical workers and facilities as a weapon of war.