Care Is Not a Crime

Despite a 2016 UN Resolution protecting health professionals from attacks and threats, modern anti-terror laws in many states are misused to cast healthcare as a form of support to the enemy, leaving providers vulnerable to prosecution.

In response, a new report from researchers at the University of Essex, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Safeguarding Health in Conflict calls on states to review laws and explore best practices frameworks to protect health professionals in the line of duty.

“States should reform their laws to guarantee that people who are wounded and sick receive care, no matter their affiliation or status,” says report author Marine Buissonniere. “Whether an ally or a foe, every human being is entitled to medical care.”

The Criminalization of Healthcare (Report)

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