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Amici Brief in the case of United States of America v. Abu Zubaydah

In U.S. v. Abu Zubaydah, the Supreme Court will consider if a detainee can obtain information about their torture while in the custody of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at a so-called “black site” in Poland, or whether the U.S. government can claim that the “state secrets” privilege completely blocks from view key information about […]

August 20, 2021
Torture, When Doctors Harm

Title 42 Border Expulsions: How Biden and the CDC’s Misuse of Public Health Authority Expels Asylum Seekers to Danger

This fact sheet was produced in partnership with Doctors for Camp Closure, Doctors for America, and Human Impact Partners. A year after the Trump administration introduced a specious order using public health as a pretext to end asylum at the border, President Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to use […]

May 20, 2021

Advocacy Brief: Key Actions Governments Must Take Now to Uphold Human Rights After 10 Years of Conflict in Syria

Introduction After 10 years of war and untold suffering in Syria, the landscape for human rights, justice, and accountability looks bleak. In the spring of 2011, peaceful protesters took to the streets across Syria, demanding basic human rights and dignity. They were met with a fierce crackdown by the Syrian government. That violence has since […]

March 11, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, COVID-19, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture

Yemen: Attacks on Health May 2018 Newsletter

Read the full newsletter here >> Summary Feb – May 2018 Despite efforts to renew peace talks, the Yemen conflict reached its third anniversary in March 2018 and has left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, nearly 9,500 dead, 55,000 injured, and two million displaced over the past three years. As fighting intensified […]

May 31, 2018

PHR Appeals for Release of Imprisoned Iranian Doctor

PHR sent this letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran expressing our deep concern over the imprisonment of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali on false charges. March 1, 2017 Office of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei Islamic Republic Street Tehran, Iran Your Excellency, I am writing on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) with […]

March 1, 2017

PHR Warns Against Excessive Use of Force at Standing Rock

Read the report (pdf) In a letter to Douglas J. Burgum, governor of North Dakota, and acting Attorney General Dana Boente, PHR voices concerns over reports of excessive use of force by law enforcement toward protestors in the context of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. International standards and U.S. law set clear guidelines […]

February 3, 2017

PHR Urges Russian Medical Community to Protect Health in Syria

русский PHR joins medical colleagues around the world in urging the Russian medical community to demand that its government ease the health care crisis in Syria. Health care continues to be used as a weapon of war: despite efforts to safeguard medical staff and patients, Syrians continue to be illegally targeted and killed as they […]

December 1, 2016

Letter to Turkish President on Unlawful Charges Against Human Rights Defenders

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has sent a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today urging his government to immediately drop all charges against Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, as well as charges against author Ahmet Nesin and Erol Önderoğlu of Reporters without Borders, both of […]

November 1, 2016

Letter to Indian Minister of Home Affairs

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) sent a letter to the Indian Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, regarding recommendations issued by an Expert Committee on the use of force by police and security forces against protesters in Jammu and Kashmir. Of particular concern is the proposal that pellet guns will continue to be used in […]

September 6, 2016

Letter to Vice President Biden on Crisis in Turkey

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) sent a letter to U.S. Vice President Biden – ahead of his upcoming visit to Turkey – to express concern about the ongoing crisis in Turkey’s southeast. In a report titled “Southeastern Turkey: Health Care Under Siege,” we detail how Turkish authorities committed, and continue to commit, serious human rights […]

August 1, 2016