Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA

1,677,675 Supporters

MSF is an independent, international medical relief organization aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and social marginalization. Each year, MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,800 aid missions. They work alongside more than 22,500 locally hired staff to provide medical care in more than 60 countries. In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children, and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting. MSF was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors and journalists as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and to publicly bear witness to the plight of the people it assists.

Started 3 petitions

Petitioning President Barack Obama

Tell President Obama to Consent to Independent Investigation of Kunduz Hospital Bombing

(Photo by Andrew Quilty) In the early morning hours of October 3, a U.S. gunship repeatedly bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan. The attacks killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff and 10 patients, and injured more than three dozen patients and MSF staff. The hospital itself was destroyed, leaving several hundred thousand people without access to emergency trauma care.   Survivors have recounted it as a horrifying experience. Beyond that, attacking a protected site such as a hospital is a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The precise GPS coordinates of the four-year-old MSF hospital in Kunduz were provided to U.S. and Afghan authorities in Washington and Kabul in the days prior to the bombing, and the hospital contained nearly 200 patients and staff at the time of the attack.   Investigations have been launched by the U.S., NATO, and the Afghan government, but it is impossible to expect the parties involved in the conflict to carry out independent and impartial investigations of acts in which they themselves are implicated. It was for that reason, and in the name of our killed and wounded colleagues and patients—and for all of our staff and patients worldwide—that MSF called for an independent international investigation into the events of October 3 by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), the only permanent body set up specifically to investigate violations of international humanitarian law. Now that the call to mobilize the IHFFC has been answered, we are calling for the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital bombing, as it must before a truly impartial truth-seeking investigation can be launched. PLEASE SIGN NOW! By signing this petition, you can add your voice to these calls and demand that parties to this conflict—and parties to conflicts the world over—respect the statutes of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The preservation of health facilities as neutral, protected spaces depends on this. If not for the recognition of these principles, MSF and other humanitarian organizations could not work in conflict zones and other places rife with violence. We could not deliver the medical care so many people so desperately need. That is why our call is not only about Kunduz and not only about the United States. It is directed at all nations, and all parties to conflicts, and it is an opportunity for all to reaffirm their commitment to International Humanitarian Law, to reaffirm the right of organizations like ours to provide medical care independently and impartiality in conflict zones, and to reaffirm the effort to bring some humanity to the worst of circumstances, now and into the future. Please add your voice, and call on people in your networks to add their voices, to our call on the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital attack. Because even wars have rules. #independentinvestigation #evenwarshaverules READ: FACT SHEET ON THE BOMBING OF MSF'S HOSPITAL IN KUNDUZ

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA
559,225 supporters
Petitioning PRESIDENTE BARACK OBAMA

Peça a Obama que consinta com investigação independente de ataques a hospital em Kunduz

Foto: Andrew Quilty Nas primeiras horas da madrugada de 3 de outubro, uma aeronave americana de combate bombardeou repetidas vezes um hospital de Médicos sem Fronteiras (MSF) em Kunduz, no norte do Afeganistão. Os ataques mataram 22 pessoas, incluindo 12 profissionais de MSF e 10 pacientes, e feriram mais de três dezenas de pacientes e profissionais de MSF. O hospital em si foi destruído, deixando centenas de milhares de pessoas sem acesso cuidados de trauma emergenciais. Sobreviventes narram o evento como uma experiência horripilante. Para além disso, atacar um local protegido, como uma instalação hospitalar, é uma grave violação do Direito Internacional Humanitário e das Convenções de Genebra. As coordenadas geográficas precisas do hospital de MSF, operante há 4 anos em Kunduz, foram fornecidas às autoridades americanas e afegãs em Washington e Cabul dias antes do bombardeio, e o hospital continha quase 200 pacientes e profissionais no momento do ataque.  Investigações conduzidas pelos EUA, pela OTAN e pelo governo afegão foram iniciadas, mas é impossível esperar que as partes envolvidas no conflito conduzam investigações independentes e imparciais acerca de atos nos quais estão envolvidos.  Por essa razão, e em nome de nossos colegas e pacientes mortos e feridos – e por todos os nossos profissionais e pacientes ao redor do mundo –, MSF solicitou uma investigação internacional independente dos eventos de 3 de outubro pela Comissão Internacional Humanitária para a Apuração dos Fatos, o único órgão instituído especificamente para investigar violações do Direito Internacional Humanitário. Agora que nosso pedido pela ativação da Comissão foi atendido, solicitamos que os Estados Unidos e a administração Obama consintam com a investigação, pela Comissão, do bombardeio do hospital de Kunduz. Isso é essencial para que se possa dar início a uma investigação verdadeiramente imparcial para a apuração dos fatos. POR FAVOR, ASSINE AGORA! Ao assinar esta petição, você pode adicionar a sua voz a esses pedidos e demandar que as partes envolvidas neste conflito – e nos demais ao redor do mundo – respeitem os estatutos do Direito Internacional Humanitário e das Convenções de Genebra. A preservação de instalações de saúde como espaços neutros e protegidos depende disso. Sem o reconhecimento desses princípios, MSF e demais organizações humanitárias não poderiam atuar em zonas de conflito e em outros locais permeados por violência frequente. Não poderíamos prover a assistência médica de que tantas pessoas necessitam desesperadamente. É por isso que nosso pedido não diz respeito apenas a Kunduz, nem apenas aos Estados Unidos. É direcionado a todas as nações e partes envolvidas em conflitos, e uma oportunidade para que todos reafirmem seu comprometimento com o Direito Internacional Humanitário, para que reafirmem o direito de organizações como a nossa de prover assistência médica de forma independente e imparcial em meio a zonas de conflito e para que reafirmem o esforço de trazer alguma humanidade em meio à pior das circunstâncias, agora e no futuro. Por favor, adicione a sua voz, e mobilize pessoas em suas redes para que também o façam, a nosso pedido aos EUA e à administração Obama para consentirem com a investigação conduzida pela Comissão Internacional Humanitária para a Apuração dos Fatos do ataque ao hospital de Kunduz. Porque mesmo as guerras têm regras. #investigaçãoindependente#independentinvestigation#evenwarshaverules#atéasguerrastêmregras  LEIA MAIS SOBRE O BOMBARDEIO DO HOSPITAL DE MSF EM KUNDUZ

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA
559,225 supporters
Petitioning Barack Obama

Tell President Obama to Consent to Independent Investigation of Kunduz Hospital Bombing

(Photo by Andrew Quilty) In the early morning hours of October 3, a U.S. gunship repeatedly bombed a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan. The attacks killed 30 people, including 13 MSF staff members, 10 patients, and 7 others who have not yet been identified.* More than three dozen patients and MSF staff were injured as well, and the hospital itself was destroyed, leaving several hundred thousand people without access to emergency trauma care.   Survivors have recounted it as a horrifying experience. Beyond that, attacking a protected site such as a hospital is a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The precise GPS coordinates of the four-year-old MSF hospital in Kunduz were provided to U.S. and Afghan authorities in Washington and Kabul in the days prior to the bombing, and the hospital contained nearly 200 patients and staff at the time of the attack.   Investigations have been launched by the U.S., NATO, and the Afghan government, but it is impossible to expect the parties involved in the conflict to carry out independent and impartial investigations of acts in which they themselves are implicated. It was for that reason, and in the name of our killed and wounded colleagues and patients—and for all of our staff and patients worldwide—that MSF called for an independent international investigation into the events of October 3 by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), the only permanent body set up specifically to investigate violations of international humanitarian law. Now that the call to mobilize the IHFFC has been answered, we are calling for the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital bombing, as it must before a truly impartial truth-seeking investigation can be launched. PLEASE SIGN NOW! By signing this petition, you can add your voice to these calls and demand that parties to this conflict—and parties to conflicts the world over—respect the statutes of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Conventions. The preservation of health facilities as neutral, protected spaces depends on this. If not for the recognition of these principles, MSF and other humanitarian organizations could not work in conflict zones and other places rife with violence. We could not deliver the medical care so many people so desperately need. That is why our call is not only about Kunduz and not only about the United States. It is directed at all nations, and all parties to conflicts, and it is an opportunity for all to reaffirm their commitment to International Humanitarian Law, to reaffirm the right of organizations like ours to provide medical care independently and impartiality in conflict zones, and to reaffirm the effort to bring some humanity to the worst of circumstances, now and into the future. Please add your voice, and call on people in your networks to add their voices, to our call on the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital attack. Because even wars have rules. #independentinvestigation #evenwarshaverules READ: FACT SHEET ON THE BOMBING OF MSF'S HOSPITAL IN KUNDUZ  * Please note, the number of people killed in the attack was updated on October 24 to include additional people whose identities were confirmed and some whose bodies were found in the wreckage but have not been identified to date, due to their condition.  

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA
559,225 supporters