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Physicians for Human Rights Statement on Alleged Chemical Strike in Khan Sheikhoun

Today, PHR condemns the apparent chemical weapon attack in the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib governorate, as well as a suspected strike on the town’s medical facility, which was treating victims of the chemical attack.

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Access Denied: UN Aid Deliveries to Syria’s Besieged and Hard-to-Reach Areas

As the conflict in Syria enters its seventh grueling year, Physicians for Human Rights calls attention to the Syrian government’s continued practice of deliberately and illegally manipulating UN humanitarian access to millions of people trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas of the country.

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Revised Immigration Order Continues to Punish Refugees and Asylum Seekers

PHR condemns President Trump’s revised executive order on immigration, in particular its 120-day suspension of new refugee admissions.

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A Map of Attacks on Health Care in Syria

When medical workers are killed, the human toll is not just their lives, but also the exponential number of people who will suffer without treatment and the many lives that will be lost as a result. When these attacks on health care become as prolonged and widespread as they have in Syria, the consequences reach far beyond the individuals and facilities lost.

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PHR Appeals for Release of Imprisoned Iranian Doctor

PHR sent this letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran expressing our deep concern over the imprisonment of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali on false charges.

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PHR Urges Trump to Reject Torture

PHR joins human rights groups in urging U.S. President Donald Trump to refrain from any executive action that would revive the use of torture or any other abusive interrogation or detention techniques.

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PHR Urges Russian Medical Community to Protect Health in Syria

PHR joins medical colleagues around the world in urging the Russian medical community to demand that its government ease the health care crisis in Syria.

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A Global Trump Effect

Many of the people I know, myself included, didn’t believe Donald Trump could win the presidency. While we don’t yet know the impact President-elect Trump will have on human rights around the world, there is reason for all of us who care about human rights and freedoms to be concerned.

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Blind to Justice: Excessive Use of Force and Attacks on Health Care in Jammu and Kashmir, India

In this report, Physicians for Human Rights describes the excessive and indiscriminate use of force against protesters by Indian state police and Central Reserve Police Forces with weapons misleadingly represented as “less than lethal.” While Indian authorities claimed that the use of these weapons was meant to reduce the potential for injuries or fatalities, PHR researchers found that their use had in fact caused serious injury and death.

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PHR Condemns Baseless Criminal Conviction of Turkish Doctor

A doctor and human rights defender in southeastern Turkey was convicted today for treating alleged members of anti-government Kurdish armed groups. A three-judge panel handed down a conviction against Dr. Serdar Küni, a member of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, who was arrested and detained last October. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which sent a delegation to attend Dr. Küni’s trial in the Turkish city of Şırnak, said his conviction is unwarranted and a blatant attack against health professionals who are providing health care in Turkey’s restive southeast.

PHR Calls for Immediate Investigation Into Death of Congolese Doctor

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called for an immediate, impartial investigation into the murder of a Congolese doctor slain at his home on the night of April 13.

PHR Honors Turkish Human Rights Defender, British Publisher and Philanthropist

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) honored Turkish human rights defender Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı and philanthropist and publisher Sigrid Rausing at the organization’s gala in New York City last night. PHR also used the occasion to announce an $8 million challenge gift from the Open Society Foundations and the launch of a $24 million fundraising campaign. George Soros, founder and chairman of OSF, and OSF’s president Chris Stone attended the gala to join PHR in making the announcement.

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In the Crosshairs, Syria’s Doctors Are Still Saving Lives — and Bearing Witness (April 18, 2017)

At a hospital in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, Dr. Zakariya had just started an early morning shift when dozens of patients began streaming in. It was a scene of chaos: patients struggling to breathe, vomiting, convulsing, foaming at the mouth, and losing consciousness.

On the Front Lines of a Chemical Attack (April 17, 2017)

As soon as he arrived on the scene, Bashar – a first responder with the Syrian Civil Defense or White Helmets – knew that this attack was unlike anything he had ever encountered.

Surrendering the Health Care High Ground (March 22, 2017)

For more than thirty years, we at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) have maintained that the ability to obtain essential curative and preventive medical care is indeed a human right protected by international humanitarian law.

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Access Denied: UN Aid Deliveries to Syria’s Besieged and Hard-to-Reach Areas (March 2017)

As the conflict in Syria enters its seventh grueling year, Physicians for Human Rights calls attention to the Syrian government’s continued practice of deliberately and illegally manipulating UN humanitarian access to millions of people trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas of the country.

PHR Appeals for Release of Imprisoned Iranian Doctor (March 2017)

PHR sent this letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran expressing our deep concern over the imprisonment of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali on false charges.

PHR Warns Against Excessive Use of Force at Standing Rock (February 2017)

In a letter to Douglas J. Burgum, governor of North Dakota, and acting Attorney General Dana Boente, PHR voices concerns over reports of excessive use of force by law enforcement toward protestors in the context of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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