• One of the rooms at a general hospital in downtown Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, after the hospital was struck by rockets on September 11, 2014.
    (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.

  • Health Under AttackThis is the second joint report by the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition and Human Rights Watch documenting attacks on, and interference with, health workers, patients, facilities, and transports during periods of armed conflict or political violence. This report covers attacks from January 2014 through April 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.

    Download the 2015 Report (PDF)

    Download the 2014 Report (PDF)