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Open Letter

Letter: 475 Medical Professionals Demand an End to Solitary Confinement in U.S. Immigration Detention 

Dear President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, and Acting Director Lechleitner:  The undersigned 475 healthcare professionals – including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers – write today in unison. In alignment with our professional and ethical obligations as healthcare professionals, we urge the U.S. government to immediately cease the use of solitary confinement in […]

May 31, 2024
Open Letter

PHR to President Erdoğan: End Harassment of Turkish Physician Ayşe Uğurlu

PHR joins the call for the immediate end to ongoing administrative harassment of eminent physician Ayşe Uğurlu and all attempts to silence and punish medical professionals and professional organizations in Türkiye for their defense of human rights.

September 19, 2023
Persecution of Health Workers
Open Letter

Joint Statement Urging More Aid, Solidarity and Attention to Sudan Crisis

(New York, September 13, 2023) – We, the heads of over 50 human rights and humanitarian organizations are coming together to sound the alarm about Sudan, where a disaster is unfolding before our eyes. With fighting continuing across the country, brutal sexual violence rising, widespread deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians, and journalists and human […]

September 13, 2023
Darfur, Mass Atrocities
Open Letter

NGOs to UN Human Rights Council: Extend Mandate of Commission on Ethiopia (ICHREE)

PHR joins global coalition of civil society to call upon the UN Human Rights Council to extend the mandate of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (“the Commission,” or ICHREE) for a further term of one year, until September 2024. To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations […]

September 7, 2023
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Open Letter

Ukraine Crisis: Statement of Civil Society Organizations on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

The organizations listed below express our deepest concern for the ongoing and escalating conflict in Ukraine, and call on governments to guarantee the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all women, adolescents and girls, as well as gender-diverse people, in the context of the refugees crisis affecting the Ukrainian border and its neighboring countries. Of […]

April 5, 2022
Sexual Violence
Open Letter

Stop Attacks on Health in Ukraine: Open Letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

March 23, 2022 His Excellency Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization Your Excellency: The undersigned leaders of organizations active in global health in areas of conflict express our appreciation for the WHO’s rapid confirmation of attacks on health care in Ukraine through the Surveillance System for Attacks on Health Care (SSA) […]

March 24, 2022
Attacks on Health Care
Open Letter

Open Letter on COVID-19 Boosters in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Detention Facilities

January 27, 2022 Dear Secretary Mayorkas and Acting Director Johnson, As concerned medical school faculty, we write to express serious concerns about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) failure to provide COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to eligible immigrants held in ICE detention facilities nationwide. The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent emergence of the Omicron variant […]

January 28, 2022
Open Letter

An Open Letter to President Ortega on the Human Rights Crackdown in Nicaragua

Dear President Ortega, I am addressing you today on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), an international non-governmental organization that uses the expertise of scientists, medical professionals, and public health experts to protect and promote human rights globally. During the past 35 years, we have conducted human rights investigations on virtually every continent, and […]

July 14, 2021
Open Letter

Letter to UN Ambassadors on UNSC Border-crossing Reauthorization Vote

Dear Ambassador,    The United Nations Security Council will meet next week to vote on the authorization for renewal of the UN cross-border operation to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid to northern Syria. It is up to all Security Council Member States to insist on the right of almost six million Syrians – four million in the northwest […]

July 2, 2021
Open Letter

Coalition Letter to the Biden Administration on Title 42 Border Expulsions

Dear President Biden: We, the 105 undersigned organizations, write to express our alarm and disappointment that your administration is reportedly considering plans to continue to use the unlawful Title 42 expulsion policy to block and expel adult asylum seekers for at least two more months and may use punitive measures such as ankle monitors and […]

June 30, 2021

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