PHR has been investigating human rights violations in Iraq for three decades, including the repression of the country’s Kurdish minority by the government of Saddam Hussein and an investigation into the serious medical consequences of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
In the post-9/11 period, PHR warned of the serious risk to the health and human rights of the Iraqi people in the event of war. We also highlighted the serious health consequences and legal requirements surrounding the interrogation, torture, and ill-treatment of detainees, and called on the U.S. government to clarify the involvement of health professionals in these brutal methods.
PHR’s current work in Iraq is centered on building up the country’s ability to investigate international crimes and acts of sexual violence. Among other work, PHR is supporting documentation of crimes against the long-persecuted Yazidi people, who suffered a brutal 2014 attack by ISIS in which thousands of men, women, boys, and girls were killed, forced into flight, or abducted, raped and enslaved. At PHR’s 2018 gala we honored Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan for her work with Yazidi survivors.