Opinion

The war in Gaza: A humanitarian crisis

Mahomed Aslam Sathar

Abstract


Justice, sovereignty and self-determination for all human beings are fundamental foundations for healthcare and human rights. In any civilised society, the balance between medical ethics and human rights is critical for the delivery of healthcare. War is a deeply ethical issue. Combatants, whose violations of international conventions, laws and codes of ethics during war and political conflict are detrimental to civilian non-combatants, including healthcare workers, commit crimes against humanity. The war in Gaza is a humanitarian crisis.


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Mahomed Aslam Sathar, Dr Mahomed Aslam Sathar is an independent medical scientist and bioethicist, and a member of the Medical Rights Advocacy Network (MERAN).

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Ethics; Law and Human Rights

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2014;7(2):76-77. DOI:10.7196/SAJBL.356

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-09-15
Date published: 2014-11-04

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