Ann Arbor, Michigan (PRWEB) January 25, 2012
On Sunday Jan-22-2012, the Syrian Expatriates Organization participated in a demonstration organized by SAMS- Michigan Chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in support of the protection of medical personnel in Syria and to express condemnation over what the Syrian Expatriate Organization feels are unethical attacks of the Syrian regime against physicians, medical teams, hospitals and wounded civilians in Syria, as reported by Amnesty organization Oct-25-2011 ” The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition” http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/report/climate-fear-syrias-hospitals-patients-and-medics-targeted-2011-10-25
The targeting of medical personnel by Syrian regime was documented in news reports.
On September 16-2011, Hakam Sibai, Red Crescent medical paramedic, was killed in heavy gunfire as he was trying to evacuate a wounded protester in Homs. In a report on the attack, a leaked Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) document said: the gunfire came from either “security or the army” and 31 bullets had been fired at the ambulance from four sides as it was transporting a man who had been wounded in his arm in an earlier attack.
On December 10-2011,CNN report: Syrian doctor Ibrahim Othman, 26, founder of the Damascus Doctors, a network of doctors that secretly treats wounded protesters who are afraid to go to government-run hospitals, has been killed trying to flee to Turkey.
On May 28-2011, Dr Sakhar Hallak, physician in Aleppo, was detained and tortured to death, according to Hallak's family, and reported by Atlanticwire.
The Syrian Expatriate Organization would like to draw attention to the Declaration of Geneva that: considerations such as creed, political affiliation or any other factors should never intervene in doctors’ responsibilities to provide medical care to those in need, and prohibits the use of medical knowledge by doctors to violate human rights and civil liberties, even when doctors themselves are under threat. Health care professionals must be protected and supported in their fundamental moral, ethical and professional responsibilities to treat the sick and injured, without discriminating political influence or fear of state reprisal. In turn, those in need of medical care must be protected from abuse by medical staff.
The Syrian Expatriate Organization asserts the demands for protection of medical personnel in accordance with the Declaration of Geneva; of which Syria is a signatory on Dec 8, 1949. The Syrian Expatriates Organization presses the need for Humanitarian organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to obtain full access to all medical, health, and humanitarian sectors inside Syria.