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The International Criminal Court’s 20th Anniversary: How Medical Professionals Advance International Justice

As Russian artillery shells fall indiscriminately in Ukraine, efforts are under way by the international community to document the resulting human rights violations, including a range of attacks that likely constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. These efforts may indeed be the most robust in recent history. But as the International Criminal Court (ICC) […]

July 15, 2022
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence

Six Priorities for New White House Coronavirus Coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes and congratulates Dr. Ashish Jha on his new position as the White House Coronavirus Coordinator, which he began this month. PHR is grateful for Dr. Jha’s service on our Board of Directors and wishes him well in this critical role. Dr. Jha takes up this new role at a […]

May 2, 2022

As Putin Bombs Hospitals in Ukraine, I Hear Echoes from Syria

This article was originally published by The New Humanitarian, a news agency specialised in reporting humanitarian crises. Many Syrians are experiencing heart-wrenching flashbacks as we watch the mounting devastation in Ukraine and the millions of refugees fleeing. As a Syrian physician who provided medical care amid the war in my country, it’s especially painful when […]

April 13, 2022
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities

Helping Asylum-seekers Find Sanctuary

Originally published by Yale Medicine Magazine 2022 Issue 168, “More than skin deep”. Article written by Sumaiya Sayeed. Of the many reasons to leave one’s home country for a new life elsewhere, war, natural disaster, and violent political or religious persecution are among the worst. For those displaced individuals who have sought a better life […]

March 1, 2022

Five Ways to Protect Sexual Violence Survivors in Research and Monitoring and Evaluation

For professionals who work in sexual violence research and monitoring and evaluation (M&E), engaging with survivors of sexual violence can be a powerful tool for combatting impunity and securing justice. But it can be a double-edged sword, particularly if done in a manner that puts survivors at risk of being re-traumatized. Physicians for Human Rights’ […]

December 7, 2021
Sexual Violence

At UN General Assembly, PHR Joins Coalition Action for Urgent Acceleration of Global Vaccine Access

Despite the rapid development of effective vaccines and efforts to ramp up production, much of the world’s population has limited – if any – access to vaccines, while high-income countries continue to hoard vaccine doses and refuse to take the necessary steps to ensure equitable global distribution. As global leaders gathered in New York City […]

September 22, 2021

The Aftermath of 9/11: The U.S. Torture Program in the “War on Terror”

This year marks two decades since the deadly terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. On this occasion, PHR joins the world to remember the thousands who perished on that day and to honor the many first responders – including medics, physicians, nurses, firefighters, police officers, and so many others – who […]

September 10, 2021

As COVID-19 Surges, ICE Detainees Face Disease, Vaccine Inequity, and Neglect

Separation of families. Denial of medication and medical care. Nonconsensual medical procedures. For decades, health and rights advocates have documented abuses against people held in U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) detention. However, as COVID-19 began to rage across the United States, pandemic-related inadequacies worsened conditions for detainees and exacerbated the existing threats to their health […]

August 31, 2021
Asylum, COVID-19

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Need Urgent Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Hopes of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic are increasing, with nearly five billion doses of vaccines administered globally. Yet for vulnerable populations such as Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, there is a long road ahead. As a result of the violent August 2017 crackdown on Rohingya previously living in Myanmar, Bangladesh hosts a population of nearly one […]

August 23, 2021
COVID-19, Rohingya

Latest COVID-19 Surge Pushes More Iraqis to Get Vaccinated, But Hesitancy Still Remains

As COVID-19 continues to ravage low- and middle-income countries, Iraq struggles to manage the pandemic within its borders. It continues to have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the Middle East: to date, only about one million people have been fully vaccinated, representing less than two percent of a population of approximately 40 million. […]

August 12, 2021