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Physicians for Human Rights National Student Conference

November 7-9, 2014 | Brown University, Providence, RI

Please join us for the Annual PHR National Student Conference. Learn directly from pioneers in the field of health and human rights, present your research, and acquire the knowledge, tools, and resources to become a human rights-trained leader in medicine. Register now!

Call for abstracts: extended deadline Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We invite all undergraduate, graduate, and medical students and residents to present a poster on your research, project, or work in one of the following fields:

  • Health and human rights
  • Women's health and gender-based violence
  • Torture and solitary confinement
  • Asylum and refugee health
  • Genocide and mass atrocities
  • Health disparities and health equity
  • Health care for the underserved
  • Access to health care
  • Global health
  • Social justice

Please submit an abstract by Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Why students?

Students are:

  • Energetic, dedicated, and ready to make an impact now
  • Idealistic and visionary
  • Ready to apply clinical skills as well as develop advocacy and leadership skills
  • Responsive and ready to mobilize

Are you a student, medical resident, or young professional?

PHR offers a range of educational, leadership, and advocacy opportunities:

  • Education about PHR’s research and evidence-based advocacy
  • Regional and national trainings to learn more about human rights and develop advocacy skills
  • The opportunity to contribute to PHR through action, advocacy, and leadership
  • The chance to engage with a vibrant community as you develop a lifelong commitment to defending human rights

International Community is Legally Obligated to Respond to Ebola Crisis (September 18, 2014)

PHR said today that an urgent response to the Ebola outbreak is not just an option, but a legal obligation, and outlined immediate actions states must take.

PHR Comments on Landmine Treaty Announcement (June 27, 2014)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, said today that the United States has made progress by committing not to produce additional anti-personnel mines, but criticized the government for falling short of signing the Mine Ban Treaty.

PHR Welcomes Tomasz Malinowski’s Confirmation as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (April 2, 2014)

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 Mourns the Death of Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj (December 19, 2013)

PHR mourns the loss of Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, Palestinian human rights defender and respected psychiatrist, who died Wednesday at the age of 70.

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How Leahy Vetting Could Help #BringBackOurGirls (June 16, 2014)

The #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, which is pressing for the rescue of over 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, brought unprecedented attention to impoverished northern Nigeria.

Remembering Clyde Snow (May 20, 2014)

Clyde Collins Snow, a pioneering forensic scientist who developed the field of investigation of individual and mass graves to gather evidence of human rights violations, died on May 16, 2014 at the age of 86. He mentored dozens of forensic scientists and consulted with Physicians for Human Rights on critical projects including exhumation of graves in Iraqi Kurdistan and in the former Yugoslavia.

Honor Berkin: Stop the Use of Tear Gas in Turkey (March 11, 2014)

The first person we met with upon arriving in Istanbul last June was the father of Berkin Elvan – a 14-year-old boy who left his home to buy bread during the Gezi Park protests and was hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police.

International Donors Should Not Forsake Those Providing Care Along Burma’s Borders (June 27, 2012)

Donor countries, including the United States, have supported organizations that provide essential humanitarian services to people along Burma’s borders. Border areas have long been neglected by medical and development programs run by the Burmese government, and this international assistance has helped countless people access medical care and food. Some political reforms have increased opportunities for international donors to directly fund civil society groups within Burma.

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International Cooperation and Assistance in the Context of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (September 2014)

This statement provides in-depth analysis on the obligations of the international community and the immediate and long-term actions it must take in light of the Ebola outbreak.

Annual Report 2013 (June 2014)

Physicians for Human Rights' 2013 Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of our work between July 2012 and June 2013 (PHR’s fiscal year).

PHR Recognizes World Refugee Day (June 2012)

On World Refugee Day, PHR affirms its dedication to ending human rights violations and protecting the rights of refugees and displaced people. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year, adding to a population of 15.2 million refugees worldwide.

Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences (June 2012)

Physicians for Human Rights urges members of Congress to work towards ending the use of solitary confinement in all facilities under federal jurisdiction, including federal prisons, immigration detention facilities, and national security detention facilities, in all but the most extreme cases.

More -General Research »

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The National Student Program provides students and young professionals with resources to support their involvement with PHR, to help them connect with one another, and to build the skills to advocate for human rights. Read More »