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PHR at the 55th UN Human Rights Council

The 55th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva concluded last week. Headed by PHR’s Executive Director Sam Zarifi, JD, LLM, the PHR delegation included Christian De Vos, JD, PhD, director of research and investigations, and Uliana Poltavets, Ukraine emergency response coordinator. The team presented several interventions before the Council, partnered […]

April 16, 2024
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence

Crisis in Ethiopia: A Q&A on PHR’s Partnerships for Health and Human Rights

The conflict that started in Tigray, Ethiopia in 2020 continues to cause devastating harm to civilians and the health sector and has led to a large-scale humanitarian and human rights crisis that continues in Tigray and has spread to other regions of Ethiopia. PHR has worked with our medical, public health, and human rights partners […]

April 3, 2024
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence

Soins au milieu d’un conflit : HEAL Africa dans l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo 

Alors que le conflit dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) continue de s’intensifier, le partenaire médical de Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), HEAL Africa, fournit des soins intensifs aux survivants des violences sexuelles et sexistes. Nous avons échangé avec HEAL Africa pour en savoir plus sur la fourniture des services des soins […]

February 14, 2024
Children's Rights, Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence

Care in the Midst of Conflict: HEAL Africa in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo 

As the conflict in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to escalate, PHR medical partner HEAL Africa is providing intensive care to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

February 14, 2024
Children's Rights, Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence

The Devastating Impact of “Excited Delirium”

Campaign Zero (CZ) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) are partnering to raise awareness about the medically-baseless concept of “excited delirium,” which has been misused to explain deaths in police custody for decades, disproportionately those of Black men in the United States. This jointly-led initiative challenges the baseless concept often cited to justify excessive force […]

January 31, 2024
Death Investigations, Excessive Force

Clinicians to Lawmakers: Abortion Bans in the United States are Causing a Health and Human Rights Crisis 

January 22 will mark the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which established federal protection of the right to abortion in the United States. Since June 2022, when the Supreme Court reversed Roe, at least 14 states have adopted abortion bans imposing severe civil and criminal penalties on clinicians for providing abortion except in very […]

January 18, 2024
Reproductive Justice

Celebrating 75 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Q&A with PHR Executive Director Sam Zarifi

As we mark International Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we spoke with PHR Executive Director Sam Zarifi. In this Q&A, he reflects on the state of the human rights movement today, and provides a look ahead to how PHR is preparing for the next era of […]

December 8, 2023

United States’ Human Rights Record Criticized by the UN

Despite some good faith efforts, the United States lags well behind accepted international human rights standards.

November 29, 2023

United States: UN Human Rights Mechanism Finds Excessive Force, Racism in Policing

More than three years after the Black Lives Matter movement swept the United States and brought renewed attention to racial injustice, a UN human rights monitoring mechanism has issued a groundbreaking new report about excessive use of force and racism in policing. The report from the Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in […]

October 26, 2023
Death Investigations, Excessive Force, Weapons

UN Human Rights Council 54th Session sends Mixed Signals to Perpetrators  

The 54th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded last week with at best mixed results – and certainly mixed signals – regarding the Council’s commitment to health and human rights. Together with national, regional, and international partners, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) urged Member States and Special Procedures to seek accountability for […]

October 18, 2023

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