MAPW supports MSF call for an independent inquiry in to hospital attack in Kunduz

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MEDIA  RELEASE

Friday, 9 October 2015

MEDICAL  BODY  SUPPORTS  MSF  CALL  FOR  INDEPENDENT  INQUIRY  INTO HOSPITAL  ATTACK

The Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) has expressed its outrage at the recent bombing of an MSF hospital in Kunduz in Afghanistan.  The fact that such an attack occured after ample warning of the hospital’s location was given demands an impartial investigation at the highest possible level.  MAPW urges the Australian Government to call for such an investigation.

MAPW President Dr Margaret Beavis said, “We express our solidarity with the courageous and selfless medical and other aid workers who bring medical and surgical treatments to war-torn communities who would otherwise have none.  We commend them, grieve for all those who have died, and express grave concerns for those Afghan people whose only health care service has been destroyed.”

MAPW gives full support to MSF’s call for an investigation into this attack by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, which was set up under the Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions to investigate violations of international humanitarian law.

Dr Beavis also stated, “The notion of the Pentagon investigating itself over such a grave crime as this is nothing but laughable. This situation demands independence.  Attacks on health care facilities are forbidden under the Geneva Conventions, and we call on the Australian Government to uphold and protect the law by demanding an independent inquiry into this attack.”

If Foreign Minister Julie Bishop believes that Australia is a leading contender for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, she could help that cause by demonstrating that the investigation of alleged war crimes does not depend on the identity of the perpetrator.

For further information:

MAPW President Dr Margaret Beavis 0401 995 699