General Assembly Resolution # 480
A resolution to slash worldwide military spending.
Category: Global Disarmament
Proposed by: Maowi
The World Assembly,
Acknowledging previously passed basic protections for medical facilities inside areas of conflict;
Believing that these protections are not sufficiently comprehensive;
Appalled by the thought of attacking people in need of or providing medical care;
Seeking to ensure that such people are safeguarded against unnecessary violence even during a war;
Approving of similar measures already protecting civilians stipulated in GAR #317;
1. Defines, for the purposes of this resolution,
a non-civilian as someone in the employment of a nation's military forces,
a patient as a non-civilian suffering from a medical ailment requiring the attention of medical professionals,
medical personnel as those who provide medical treatment or triage, who are either unarmed or bear light arms exclusively for protection of themselves and patients currently under their care, and
a medical facility as a site used for medical treatment or triage, and the associated infrastructure, which bears clearly visible markings indicating its status as such;
2. Makes it a war crime to attack a medical facility, while knowing of its existence, in a manner that is damaging and has the potential to cause fatalities, except where the medical facility is also used for military acts of war;
3. Forbids member nations' military forces from:
using violence against non-civilian medical personnel providing medical treatment or triage in a medical facility, or against patients being provided with medical treatment or triage in a medical facility, or
preventing a patient from accessing a medical facility,
removing a patient from a medical facility, or
preventing medical personnel from treating a patient in a medical facility,
where inability to receive medical treatment or triage would endanger the patient's life, unless doing so is necessary for preservation of the patient's long-term health; and
4. Forbids the calculated use of medical personnel or patients as living shields to protect a strategic military target.
Co-authored by Araraukar.