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Unleashed Brutality: An Expert Medical Opinion on the Health Harms from California Police Attack Dogs

Introduction In January 2015, Mr. Richard May entered a construction site in Half Moon Bay, California, with his neighbor to help retrieve the neighbor’s cat. An alarm was set off, summoning sheriff’s deputies to the site with a canine. The canine bit Mr. May, who was not resisting, fleeing, or armed, inflicting multiple puncture wounds […]

January 10, 2024
Excessive Force, Weapons

Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the Russian Federation

Summary eyeWitness to Atrocities, Insecurity Insight, Media Initiative for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Ukrainian Healthcare Center (together, the submitting organizations) jointly submit this report to inform the examination of the Russian Federation (Russia) during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This submission focuses on international humanitarian and human rights law concerns relating […]

August 7, 2023
Attacks on Health Care

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

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

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

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