World Medical Association Demands Independent Enquiry Into Hospital Bombing

An immediate independent enquiry into the attack on the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan two weeks ago has been demanded by the World Medical Association.

Delegates from almost 60 national medical associations attending the WMA’s annual General Assembly in Moscow voted for an enquiry by an independent body ‘and the assumption of responsibilities’.

The motion said the WMA: ‘Extends its deepest condolences to families, colleagues and friends of doctors, healthcare workers and patients killed in the bombing; deeply regrets and condemns the bombing of the hospital of MSF, considering it a violation of human rights; and reaffirms its positional statements on “Healthcare in Danger” and calls on all countries to respect healthcare personnel in conflict situations’.