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PHR Welcomes ICC Arrest Warrant for Putin, Calls for Enforcement

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomes the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrants against Vladmir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the President, for the war crimes of unlawful deportation of children and unlawful transfer of children from occupied areas in Ukraine to the […]

March 17, 2023
Attacks on Health Care
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Even Before Earthquake, Sexual and Reproductive Health Access in Syria Marred by Conflict: Report

As we mark 12 years of the Syrian conflict, a new report documents how targeted violence against health care personnel and infrastructure has impeded vital sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care, resulting in far-reaching tolls on the health and wellbeing of women, girls, and health care professionals. The devastating earthquake that struck southern Türkyie and […]

March 14, 2023
Attacks on Health Care

She Pays the Highest Price: The Toll of Conflict on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Northwest Syria

In Northwest Syria, 2.3 million women and girls do not have easy access to necessary medical care, including sexual and reproductive health.

March 14, 2023
Attacks on Health Care
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No Duration of Detention is Safe for Children, Biden Administration Must Not Reinstate Family Detention of Migrants: PHR

In response to reports that the Biden administration is considering reinstating the policy of detaining migrant families, the following statement is attributable to Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, senior medical advisor for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine: “There is no ‘safe’ duration of detention for […]

March 8, 2023
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190+ Organizations Urge UN Special Rapporteurs to Act on Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court Decision

More than 190 organizations and individuals, including health practitioners and human rights experts, today sent a letter to United Nations experts in response to the United States Supreme Court decision that repealed the constitutional right to abortion. The letter documents how abortion restrictions imposed in the wake of the court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson […]

March 2, 2023
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PHR Welcomes New Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Who Will Galvanize Health Professionals to Advance Human Rights

At a time when human rights are under assault around the globe, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomes two visionary leaders who will mobilize the medical community to defend rights and advance justice.  International human rights lawyer Saman (“Sam”) Zia-Zarifi, JD, LLM brings three decades of trailblazing legal, programmatic, and advocacy excellence to PHR. […]

March 2, 2023
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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 organisations 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 50,000 deaths in Türkiye […]

February 27, 2023
Persecution of Health Workers

Survivors’ Experiences of Accessing Mental Health Services following Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Kenya

This study sought to understand the experiences of survivors of sexual violence in Kenya as they accessed mental health services. Survivors’ experiences are vital to document and have important advocacy and policy implications related to the provision of mental health services and survivor-centered care within their communities. Context Sexual violence affects millions of people of […]

February 24, 2023
Sexual Violence
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PHR: Biden’s Asylum Transit Ban “Replaces One Dangerous, Draconian Policy with Another”

NEW YORK– In response to the Biden administration’s Tuesday announcement proposing a new rule that will restrict asylum seekers who have traveled through other countries before reaching the U.S. southern border from applying for asylum in the United States, the following statement is attributable to Michael Payne, deputy director of advocacy at PHR: “The Biden […]

February 22, 2023
Press Release

At Least 707 Attacks on Health Care in Ukraine During One Year of Russia’s Assault on Civilians: Report

KYIV/NEW YORK– 707 violent attacks on hospitals, health workers, and other medical infrastructure devastated Ukraine’s health system during the first year since the Russian Federation’s full-scale invasion, according to a new investigation published today by human rights investigators. An average of two attacks on health care – including the bombing of hospitals, torture of medics, […]

February 21, 2023
Attacks on Health Care