Petition launched to President Obama for independent investigation on Kunduz

The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today launched a petition urging citizens to call on President Obama and the United States to consent to an independent investigation into the bombing of MSF’s trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3.
MSF called for an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) into the repeated U.S. airstrikes on the hospital, which killed 12 MSF staff members and 10 patients and wounded more than three dozen people. The IHFFC is the only permanent body set up specifically to investigate violations of international humanitarian law. Now that the IHFFC has formally offered its services, MSF is calling for the United States and the Obama administration to consent to an investigation into the Kunduz hospital bombing. Consent is required before an impartial truth-seeking investigation can be launched.
Read the petition: Tell President Obama to Consent to Independent Investigation of Kunduz Hospital Bombing
MSF’s appeal is neither focused solely on the events in Kunduz nor directed only at the United States. It is directed at all nations and all parties to conflicts, and it is an opportunity for all to reaffirm their commitment to international humanitarian law, to the right of organizations like MSF to provide medical care independently and impartiality in conflict zones, and to reaffirm the effort to bring at least some humanity to the worst of circumstances, now and in the future.
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