Violence against patients and health-care workers is one of the most crucial yet overlooked humanitarian issues today. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement runs a global campaign aiming to improve security and delivery of impartial and efficient health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.
Even when serious and widespread, the humanitarian situation in the field can be largely improved if the authorities, weapon bearers, health providers and humanitarians put in place practical solutions. These could include measures that guarantee for instance respect for the law, the physical protection of medical facilities, fast-tracking ambulances at checkpoints or systematic security training for first-aid workers.
The first time an ICRC president has participated in a session of the Human Rights Council. Statement by Mr Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC, twenty-second session of the Human Rights Council, high-level segment, Geneva, 26 February 2013.