by Joseph Amon, Aanjalie Collure, Emily Clouse et al.
Human Rights Watch and Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, May 2015
Violence and threats against health workers and facilities, along with interference with access to health care, impedes the ability of millions of people around the world from receiving the health services they need. Targeted attacks on health undermine and sometimes destroy health systems and infrastructure, force health workers to flee areas where they are most needed, and prevent children from getting essential vaccinations. Over the past several years, there has been increasing recognition that attacks on and interference with health care violate the right to health and, when they occur during armed conflict, international humanitarian law. However, impunity for attacks too often remains the norm.