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UN Security Council issues press statement concerning attacks against civilians and medical facilities in Syria
June 11, 2015

The United Nations Security Council has issued a press statement expressing deep concern about the continued high level of violence in Syria and condemning attacks directed against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities. This echoes earlier Council resolutions demanding respect for the principle of medical neutrality in the country.

Violations of the principle of medical neutrality worldwide are a matter of grave concern for the Committee on Human Rights of the Academies and the Executive Committee of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (for example, see the press release issued following the 11th biennial meeting of the H.R. Network). As the Security Council has stressed, “under international humanitarian law, the wounded and sick must receive, to the fullest extent practicable, and with the least possible delay, medical care and attention required by their condition…Medical and humanitarian personnel, facilities and transport must be respected and protected.” (UN Security Council Resolution 2139)