The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in May 2016 aimed at halting unlawful attacks on health care during armed conflict. Yet these violations of international humanitarian law continue, write a coalition of authors angling for more robust implementation of Resolution 2286.
Measures can be taken to give the resolution real legs, they write, including domestic legislation aligning with countries’ obligations under international law, military personnel trained to protect medical care, and reporting of violations through UN bodies.
Recent UN and WHO efforts to document the toll of health care attacks show promise. “Attacks on health care must not become the new global norm in armed conflict,” they write.