PHR study finds that pattern of sexual assault perpetrated during post-election violence in Kenya is consistent with patterns of mass rape documented in conflict settings elsewhere.
Afghans have endured injustice for decades. Victims languish in an environment where abuses are committed with impunity, fueling resentment and the country’s conflict itself.
Secretary Kerry must press the Burmese government to stop the violence against ethnic minorities, investigate past attacks, and bring the perpetrators to justice.
May Marks Deadliest Month for Medical Personnel in Syria; June was Second Highest for Facility Attacks
PHR today released the latest numbers on attacks on health care in Syria, which show that – with 30 deaths – May was the deadliest month for medical professionals.
Dr. B is a medical professional who has personally experienced the Syrian regime’s ongoing attacks on medical personnel and facilities. He and his colleagues live in constant fear of additional attacks, anxious that another rocket will fall and demolish their hospital and all those inside.
PHR calls on the government of Israel to stop attacking health facilities, ambulances, and health personnel in Gaza. PHR also said that Hamas and other armed groups must fully respect and protect the neutral operation of medical personnel and patients’ safety by ensuring that no military equipment or units operate in or near medical facilities.
Although Maria is just 13-years-old, she already suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, reports Dr. Carol Kessler, a child psychiatrist and member of the Asylum Network at PHR. Originally from El Salvador, Maria fled to the United States after a gang member attempted to rape her and force her to join his gang.
The leaked summary of the findings from the Senate Select Intelligence Committee's report confirm previous reporting by PHR: The CIA enlisted health professionals to use their skills to destroy the minds of prisoners, breaking with longstanding ethical and legal obligations of health professionals.
PHR Welcomes Tomasz Malinowski’s Confirmation as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
PHR today welcomed the Senate confirmation of Tomasz Malinowski as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the government’s highest position solely dedicated to human rights.
PHR submitted an amicus brief today in support of members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) who will face trial for recruiting and organizing urgent medical care for protesters injured during the Gezi Park demonstrations that began in May 2013.
Health Workers Must Treat with Medicine, Not Politics (August 8, 2014)
The use of health programs by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to recruit political activists in Cuba is reprehensible and unacceptable. Using health care as a cover for political activities goes against the internationally accepted principle of medical neutrality and is harmful to the wider practice of providing medical aid in countries around the world.
Honoring Victims of Torture Means Repairing Trust in Healers (June 26, 2014)
Today, UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, marks 27 years since the UN Convention against Torture came into effect.
How to seize the huge opportunity created by the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (June 20, 2014)
“What a fabulous suit. She was perfect, perfect,” said a French woman standing behind me on the escalator. We had just emerged from two hours in a giant auditorium on the outskirts of London where we heard politicians, UN officials, and Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee speaking at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Syria's Medical Community Under Assault (July 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.
Physicians for Human Rights and partner NGOs welcome the United Nations Security Council resolution, which directly authorizes UN agencies and their implementing partners to deliver aid across Syria’s borders and conflict lines.
A Call to Action for States (June 2014)
The Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at Physicians for Human Rights urges all states to take important steps to ensure justice and accountability for crimes of sexual violence.