• Refugees and persons displaced, disaster, disease outbreak, or conflict, are subject to a wide range of abuses. Individuals fleeing abuses at home have the right to leave their country freely and to seek refuge and asylum elsewhere, yet governments frequently see refugees as a threat or a burden, often meaning that refugees face many difficulties accessing health care critical to their needs.

    Natural disasters put a high burden on governments to react quickly to protect the lives of vulnerable civilians, but governments often make decisions during such times of crisis that are discriminatory and may arbitrarily and unjustifiably restrict individual rights.

  • May 20, 2015
    (Geneva) – Attacks on medical facilities, health workers, and patients have occurred in at least 17 countries undergoing conflict and civil unrest since January 2014, Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report issued today. The report was released at the annual meeting of health ministers from around the world in Geneva from May 18-26, 2015.
  • May 11, 2015


Disasters and displaced populations