MSF petition seeks independent probe into hospital strikes
KABUL (Pajhwok): Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has delivered a petition to the White House, asking President Obama to accept an independent investigation of the US airstrikes on its trauma centre.
The October 3 airstrikes, vehemently condemned by the UN, aid workers and civil society, killed at least 30 people, including 14 MSF staff members, and destroyed MSF’s hospital in Kunduz City.
Signed by more than 547,000 people, the petition urged Obama to consent to an investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC).
The commission was established specifically to probe potential violations of international humanitarian law under the Geneva Conventions.
"Only a full accounting by an independent international body can restore our confidence in the commitments of the United States to uphold the laws of war," said the MSF country representative.
Guilhem Molinie said in a statement: "It is not sufficient for the perpetrators of attacks on medical facilities to be the only investigators."
The US military has already taken responsibility for the airstrikes, calling them a mistake, yet many questions remain unanswered about how and why they were allowed to occur.
Before making any decisions about reopening its hospital in Kunduz, MSF is re-engaging with all parties to the conflict to seek clear assurances that its teams, patients and facilities are safe from attack.
"Our commitment is to medical ethics, to treat people on the basis of their needs regardless of whether they are on one side or another, or on no side at all," Molinies aid.
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