COVID-19 | Advocacy and Statements

PHR stands with doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and others on the front lines of this pandemic.

As the world battles the rapid spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, health professionals are our guiding lights. PHR stands with doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and others on the front lines of this pandemic.

It is imperative that governments heed the sound guidance and recommendations of public health specialists: politics should never get in the way of ensuring the health or safety of our communities. We are listening to health professionals’ analyses, amplifying their voices, and urging elected officials to act on their recommendations. PHR and our network of experts are demanding that politicians and world leaders help to properly resource health professionals and protect all of us during this time.

Recent Opinions and Perspectives

The Parallel Pandemic – Sexual Violence (November 30, 2020)

COVID-19: The Risks of Mass Atrocities and the Opportunity for a Rights-based Rebuild (November 7, 2020)

Doctors and Politicians Must Sometimes Deliver Bad News (September 25, 2020)

Voices from the COVID-19 Pandemic: What the DRC Can Learn from its Fight Against Ebola (September 1, 2020)

Voices from the COVID-19 Pandemic: “This is going to be one of the greatest challenges our species has ever faced.” (August 24, 2020)

Advocacy and Coalition Actions

Physicians for Human Rights Statement to the United Nations COVID-19 Special Session (December 2, 2020)

Health Professionals Groups Urge U.S. Governors to Enact and Enforce Safety Protections for Workers in Health Care Settings (August 12, 2020)

Proposed Rule Bars Asylum Seekers on a False Public Health Basis (August 11, 2020)

New Asylum Ban, Recycled Pretext: Proposed Rule Would Illegally, Unjustly Bar Many Asylum Seekers on Public Health Grounds (July 29, 2020)

NGO Letter to DHS and ICE on Family Detention and Separation (July 17, 2020)

Virginia Must Implement an Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic (June 22, 2020)

Letter on DHS Policies Imperiling Children’s Safety and Family Unity (June 16, 2020)

United States Senate Democrats To Department of Homeland Security (DHS): Halt Transfer Of ICE Detainees, Increase Agency COVID-19 Testing (PHR-endorsed) (May 29, 2020)

Recommendations for Safe Release Procedures from Immigration Detention during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 28, 2020)

Group Letter to DHS and CDC on Indefinite Suspension of Humanitarian Protections (May 26, 2020)

Declaration by the Health Care in Danger Community of Concern: Violence Against Health Care (May 26, 2020)

Explainer on U.S. Deportations and Expulsions During the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 21, 2020)

Attacks Against Health Care Personnel Must Stop, Especially as the World Fights COVID-19 (May 20, 2020)

100 Days Since the First COVID-19 Death in the United States: An Open Letter to President Trump (May 15, 2020)

Public Health Measures to Safely Manage Asylum Seekers and Children at the Border (May 15, 2020)

Open letter from PHR to the Government of Myanmar to Protect Ethnic Minorities from COVID-19 (May 12, 2020)

Rescind the recently extended order “suspending introduction of certain persons from countries where a communicable disease exists” (May 8, 2020)

When You Feel Under Threat for Speaking Out or Protecting Yourself During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What U.S. Health Care Workers Need to Know (April 23, 2020)

Public Comment on Border Closure (April 23 2020)

Policy Brief: Immigration Detention, COVID-19, and Opportunities for Action (April 23, 2020)

U.S. Deportations during Global Pandemic Risk Spreading COVID-19 (April 8, 2020)

Israel Must Respect its Obligations (April 7, 2020)

Health Workers’ Voices and Safety Must Be Protected (April 6, 2020)

Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis While Protecting Asylum Seekers (March 19, 2020)

COVID-19 and Immigration Detention (March 17, 2020)


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