Does war have rules?

On 3 May we celebrate two years of UN Security Council Resolution 2286. This important document condems attacks against medical facilities, personnel and patients in crisis situations. But attacks on healthcare facilities and persons have continued and even intensified in many armed conflicts.

Healthcare and humanitarian aid workers are increasingly under fire as hospitals and aid centers have become part of the battlefield in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  The profound surge of violence against medical facilities has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed health systems, and challenged norms of international humanitarian law contained in the Geneva Conventions.

The Netherlands is committed to ensure respect for the rules that protect civilians during armed conflicts. In partnership with US Think Tank CSIS, the ICRC, Just Peace organisation and Museon we therefore organize  a Hague Talks event addressing the lack of implementation of Resolution 2286. What should be done to better protect civilians during armed conflicts?

Moderated by Jelte van Wieren, Director of the Department for Stability and Humanitarian Aid at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A dialogue will take place with practitioners from the military, healthcare in crisis situations, human rights and international law.

HagueTalks speakers will be:

  • Thomas Hallier (ICRC, Geneva).
  • Joop Voetelink (Ministry of Defense)

We will start the afternoon with the  documentary ‘ The New Barbarianism’ that examines the current crisis, its causes, and the international response. The film will be introduced by Stephen Morisson, producer of the documentary.

Please join the dialogue and share your ideas. Free drinks and informal talks after the event. And a chance to see a Red Cross ambulance that served in Syria now covered in bullet holes displayed in front of the Museon.

Free event: Register@haguetalks.com