The Right to Health Care in Armed Conflict at the The Swedish Forum for Human Rights 2019 (MR-dagarna)

with PhD candidate Sally Longworth and senior Advisor Sara Fridlund

Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice invites you to a seminar with

Doctoral candidate Sally Longworth and Senior Advisor Sara Fridlund


The Right to Health Care in Armed Conflict

Armed conflict has profound effects on health, both in the short term and long term. How does international law address health care needs of individuals arising out of armed conflict? International humanitarian law, applicable during armed conflict, establishes obligations to ensure parties to the conflict protect civilians, provide medical care to the wounded, sick and shipwrecked in their power, and respect and protect the sick and injured, as well as medical personnel and objects. These obligations are profoundly important to the lives, health and well-being of those not participating in the hostilities, but who are nonetheless affected by the armed conflict. For those who leave the conflict zone, additional obligations may apply to victims of human rights violations resulting from the conflict arising out of human rights law, such as rehabilitation care for torture victims. Within Sweden, the Swedish Red Cross provides essential rehabilitation support to conflict trauma and torture survivors. This seminar will discuss how the myriad of international legal obligations relating to health care arising from armed conflict changes depending on the situation and needs of the individual.



Sally Longworth is a doctoral candidate in international law at Stockholm University Faculty of Law specialising in international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law.



Sara Fridlund is a Senior Advisor, Health Care Department, Swedish Red Cross, and Affiliated Research Advisor with the Red Cross University College



The event will be held in connection with The Swedish Forum for Human Rights 2019 (MR-dagarna) in Linköping.