Physicians for Human Rights Skeptical that Cessation of Hostilities Agreement Will Protect Civilians in Syria
Though the United States and Russia have announced a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria to go into effect Saturday, PHR remains gravely concerned about continuing attacks on civilians.
PHR expressed concern over credible reports that Turkish security forces are blocking access to urgent medical care for the sick and wounded in the course of their operations in southeastern Turkey.
The U.S. government released 198 photos relating to detainee abuse at U.S. military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, but continued to withhold most of approximately 2,000 photos depicting prisoner ill-treatment that had been requested by the ACLU.
PHR today called on the Turkish government to immediately allow access to medical care which has been blocked by its security forces in the southeastern part of the country.
PHR is calling on world leaders to prioritize Syria’s shattered health system by creating mechanisms for thousands of displaced medical professionals to temporarily practice in neighboring countries. PHR’s call comes in light of this week’s conference of donor governments meeting in London to discuss response to the Syrian crisis.