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President Obama Announces Immigration Plan

11/21/2014

President Barack Obama addressed the nation last night to announce plans to provide temporary relief from deportation for millions of immigrant families.

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Navy Nurse Should Not be Punished for Declining to Force-Feed Guantánamo Detainees

11/19/2014

PHR welcomed the American Nurses Association’s statement supporting a nurse who refused to force-feed Guantánamo detainees based on professional ethical obligations.

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Five Places President Obama Should Visit While in Burma

11/12/2014

In response to President Obama’s visit to Burma in November for the ASEAN Summit, PHR created the following map to highlight areas of concern.

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Critical Condition: a Syrian Female Doctor Makes a Desperate Plea to the U.N. for Help

11/04/2014

Before the uprising began more than three years ago, the Syrian healthcare system was suffering, but now it is in critical condition and desperate need of life-saving support.

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Public Health Leaders Join PHR in Call to End Unnecessary Ebola Quarantines

10/29/2014

Prominent leaders express concern over decisions by U.S. Governors to impose mandatory 21-day quarantine on health care workers returning from West African countries.

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States Should Not Issue Blanket Quarantine Orders for Medical Workers Returning from Ebola-Stricken Countries

10/27/2014

The decision by several states, including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, to impose a mandatory quarantine on health workers – mostly volunteers – returning from the three countries in West Africa where there is a significant Ebola outbreak should be reversed.

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Recognizing Dr. Denis Mukwege and His Inspirational Fight against Sexual Violence

10/23/2014

Our dear friend and medical partner Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was announced the winner of the Sakharov Prize.

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American Psychological Association to Conduct an Independent Review Into its Role in CIA Torture Program

PHR said today it welcomed the American Psychological Association’s (APA) announcement that it will conduct an independent review of whether it colluded in the CIA’s use of torture after 9/11.

Forced Displacement Leaves Burmese Families Living in Substandard Conditions, with Higher Rates of Hunger and Sickness

The Burmese government violated international standards when forcibly displacing families from the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by threatening many residents with court appearances and imprisonment, giving them inadequate compensation for land lost, and failing to provide training or other means of income to those who lost their jobs, according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

President Obama’s Burma Visit Offers Opportunity to Push for Improvement on Human Rights

During his trip to Burma this week, President Obama should demand progress on a range of human rights issues, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today.

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Women as Leaders in the Fight against Sexual Violence (October 30, 2014)

Friday marks 14 years since the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325, also known as the first resolution on Women, Peace, and Security.

Misguided Criticisms of the International Criminal Court (October 15, 2014)

The ICC has received a variety of criticism. The African Union, for example, has accused the court of anti-African bias. One of the most vocal critics is Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who charged the ICC with “shallowness” for pursuing the Kenya cases.

Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence (October 2, 2014)

When studying in Jordan last fall, I was stunned by the silence around sexual violence experienced by women in Syrian refugee camps. In Arab communities, where social stigma and family honor carry huge weight, consequences of sexual violence extend far beyond scarring psychological trauma to fear of alienation and even honor killing.

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Public Health Leaders Join PHR in Call to End Unnecessary Ebola Quarantines (October 2014)

Prominent leaders express concern over decisions by U.S. Governors to impose mandatory 21-day quarantine on health care workers returning from West African countries.

States Should Not Issue Blanket Quarantine Orders for Medical Workers Returning from Ebola-Stricken Countries (October 2014)

The decision by several states, including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, to impose a mandatory quarantine on health workers – mostly volunteers – returning from the three countries in West Africa where there is a significant Ebola outbreak should be reversed.

Syria's Medical Community Under Assault (October 2014)

This fact sheet illustrates the deliberate targeting and destruction of medical facilities by government and opposition forces, loss of medical personnel, and resulting health consequences in Syria.

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