US Mission to the UN: Do Not Release Vitaly Churkin’s Autopsy Report

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March 12, 2017

Catherine Mullaly, MD

These formal requests to the chief medical examiner’s office to not disclose Churkin’s autopsy report, or how he died, were made not by the Russian mission to the UN but by the US mission, who deferred to the US Department of State, now led by Rex Tillerson.

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What World Leaders Said — and Left Out — at the UN Refugee-Migrant Meeting

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September 20, 2016

Catherine Mullaly, MD & Lori Silberman Brauner

The best numbers come from the UN refugee agency and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, or IDMC, in Geneva. There are currently 7.3 billion people in the world. Of these, the UN refugee agency estimates that there are 65.3 “forcibly displaced people” worldwide, including 21.3 million refugees. The majority of displaced people in the world, people on the move, are IDPs.

The Doctor Will Now be Killed: 610 War Crimes & Counting #InsideSyria

Columbia University
May 2015

Catherine Mullaly, MD

Alalwa is twenty-nine years old. He is thin, just 121 pounds (or 55 kilograms) for his five-foot five-inches frame, and has a smoker’s cough. Laughter is his own medicine, a tool of psychological armor to deal with the pain of living in a war zone. When so much hurts, when so much has been lost, when so much is uncertain, what else can he do, but pretend to laugh. Make-believe is a protective masquerade – it conceals circulating sadness, unhappiness and deeper despair.

The International Community, Chemical Weapons & the Syrian Arab Republic: What about the Geneva Conventions (Common Article 3) & the International Criminal Court?

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September 2, 2013

Catherine Mullaly, MD

Conflicts are not always so easily classified along national boundaries. In such cases, Common Article 3 (CA3) – common to all GCs – can be thought of as the “prime number” equivalent of legal texts, detailing the most fundamental, non-derogable rights of any human being – that in time of conflict: “The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.” This is a fundamental tenet of international humanitarian law that bears repeating: in times of conflict, “The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.”

Quantifying Genocide: Thoughts on “R2P” & the Creation of a “Humanitarian Index” – Tracking Atrocities, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity.

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July 13, 2013

Catherine Mullaly, MD

Moments later, on the now empty sidewalk, I see Madeleine Albright walking towards me – flanked by what appeared to be her two granddaughters. I motioned respectfully to the granddaughters and to Secretary Albright and asked if I might introduce myself. She smiled, nodded “Yes” and I presented my “Digital/ Humanitarian à la Dow Jones index” idea. The former Secretary of State listened attentively and said that she liked the idea and thanked me. I happened to have a business card in my pocket (from the hopes of a receiving line) and was able to give that to her. The whole exchange lasted less than 2 minutes as MKA exited the side of 92Y into a waiting car. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. It felt like swooshing a basket! Who knows, maybe it registered with MKA or maybe it was just an annoyance after a long day – but, I took a chance and, in that moment, it felt like those 2 minutes were worth all of the train trip down. It was a moment that turned into a swell memory – and reignited my thinking on digital collective impact and remote technology tools for population atrocity prevention.