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Human Rights Must Guide Pandemic Responses: 7 Lessons from COVID-19

Today marks a new chapter in the fight against COVID-19, as the Public Health Emergency (PHE) expires in the United States. Similarly, on May 5, 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the end of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern, downgrading COVID-19 from an emergency to an “ongoing health issue” with a need […]

May 11, 2023
Press Release

Title 42 Replaced by Biden’s Asylum Ban: PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes today’s end of Title 42, a Trump-era policy that weaponized the pandemic to expel people seeking asylum from the United States. While Title 42 was framed as a way to safeguard Americans from COVID-19, PHR demonstrated for years that there was never a credible public health rationale behind a […]

May 11, 2023
Press Release

PHR Welcomes American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Policy Reversal on “Excited Delirium,” Calls for Further Action

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) new public statement that “ACEP does not recognize the use of the term ‘excited delirium’ and its use in clinical settings.” PHR also welcomes ACEP President Christopher Kang’s, MD, FACEP statement in a recent emergency medicine podcast interview that “continued reference” to […]

May 9, 2023
Excessive Force

Sudan’s Warring Factions Must End Attacks on Hospitals, Protect Civilians: Joint Statement

Eight Sudanese and international health and human rights organizations condemn the continued attacks on hospitals and health care in Sudan amid the escalating conflict in the country. The organizations – including the Sudanese American Physicians Association (SAPA), Sudan Doctors Union – Canada (SDU Canada), Sudan Doctors Union – UK (SDU-UK), Sudanese Doctors Union of Ireland […]

April 26, 2023
Attacks on Health Care
Press Release

New Study: Most Oklahoma Hospitals Unable to Explain Their Policies on Emergency Abortion Care

Not a single hospital in Oklahoma appears able to articulate clear, consistent policies for emergency obstetric care to pregnant patients, according to a new study published Tuesday. When called by prospective patients, Oklahoma hospitals offered opaque, contradictory, and incorrect information about abortion availability and approval processes in obstetric emergencies, as well as little reassurance that […]

April 25, 2023
Reproductive Justice

No One Could Say

Executive Summary In the wake of the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Oklahoma residents are currently living under three overlapping and inconsistent state abortion bans that, if violated, impose severe civil and criminal penalties on health care providers. Exceptions to these new laws, enacted around the Supreme Court’s […]

April 25, 2023
Dual Loyalty

Human Rights Crisis: Abortion in the United States After Dobbs

Following the United States (US) Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June 2022, people in the US who can become pregnant are facing an unprecedented human rights crisis. In Dobbs, the Supreme Court overturned the constitutionally protected right to access abortion, leaving the question of whether and how to regulate […]

April 18, 2023
Dual Loyalty, Reproductive Justice

PHR Delegation Brings Evidence and Advocacy to the 52nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s 52nd session in Geneva concluded this week with some meaningful advances for health and human rights. In addition to the adoption of the landmark resolution on the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment (A/HRC/51/L.7), the Human Rights Council (HRC) also renewed the mandates for several important […]

April 7, 2023
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Weapons
Press Release

PHR Medical Experts React to Texas Judge’s Mifepristone Ruling: “A Profound Breach of Medical Best-Practice and Human Rights”

Today, a Texas judge’s decision declared unlawful the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of mifepristone, an essential medication used in medication abortions. Mifepristone, when used in combination with misoprostol to assist abortion, has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a core medication on the Model Essential Medicines List where legal and […]

April 7, 2023
Reproductive Justice
Press Release

Global Medical and Human Rights Groups Call on Türkiye to End Persecution of Doctors

In a letter issued today, four international medical and human rights organizations call on Turkish authorities to drop the baseless charges against the leadership of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) at a time when doctors are urgently needed to tend to victims of the 6 February earthquake that have caused over 56,000 deaths in Türkiye […]

April 6, 2023
Persecution of Health Workers