Russia denies responsibility for strike on MSF hospital
by Xavier Symons | 20 Feb 2016 |
Russia has rejected allegations that it bombed a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in northern Syria last Monday. At least 50 people were killed during the strike, which hit three hospitals and a school.
MSF stated on its website that at least nine staff members were killed when missiles hit the organization’s hospital in the Idlib province. The other two hospitals affected were not affiliated with MSF.
"This attack can only be considered deliberate. It was probably carried out by the Syrian government-led coalition that is predominantly active in the region," MSF international president Dr. Joanne Liu told a news briefing on Thursday.
Top Kremlin officials have denied responsibility. “Once again, we categorically dismiss these statements and consider them to be unacceptable,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said Tuesday in Moscow. “Especially because those making these statements are unable to prove their allegations in any way.”
MSF will no longer share the co-ordinates of its hospitals with Russian and Syrian authorities. The organisation has called for an independent probe into the air strikes
Canada’s legislators are still wrestling with how to frame a new euthanasia law. One interesting contribution to the debate comes from a senator who became a mental health advocate after her husband, a former member of Parliament, committed suicide in 2009. Senator Denise Batters suggests that psychological suffering should be excluded as a grounds for euthanasia.
"I have seen ... the devastating impact, not only for the individual that goes through that pain themselves ... but at the same time ... I've seen the devastating consequences that it can have on the immediate family members," she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
"Canadians may support assisted suicide, but they want extremely strong safeguards and I think that when I talk to people about the possibility of psychological suffering being included as ... sole grounds for having access to physician-assisted suicide, they are horrified and stunned that could be a possibility," she said. “There aren't many, many thousands of people in this country who have lived through a period of severe anxiety and depression and come out the other side".
The senator is right. What people who are suffering psychologically need is more personal and better medical support, not a lethal injection.
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