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“A Mockery”: UN Member States Must Reject Russia’s Human Rights Council Bid

In response to reports that the Russian Federation is attempting to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the following quote is attributable to Sam Zarifi, JD, LLM, executive director at PHR:  “Russian forces have routinely bombed hospitals, tortured civilians, abducted children, raped women, and destroyed critical infrastructure in Ukraine. Russia’s president is a […]

September 26, 2023
Mass Atrocities
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New UN Experts Report Details Ongoing Crimes Against Humanity in Ethiopia, Including Systematic Rape

In response to today’s report by UN experts (International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia, or ICHREE) on ongoing human rights violations in Ethiopia, the following statement is attributable to Erika Dailey, director of advocacy, policy and communications at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR):  “War crimes and crimes against humanity – mass killings, rape, […]

September 18, 2023
Sexual Violence
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Tigray, Ethiopia: Conflict-related Sexual Violence Widespread and Systematic Even After Truce

Eritrean and Ethiopian armed forces and associated militias appear to have perpetrated sexual violence on a widespread and systematic basis in Tigray, Ethiopia in the months following the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) in November 2022 by some parties to the conflict, according to a report published today by Physicians for Human […]

August 24, 2023
Sexual Violence
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A Horrific Milestone: More Than 1,000 Attacks on Health Care in Ukraine Since Russia’s Full-scale Invasion

Today Ukraine marks the grim milestone of more than 1,000 attacks on health care workers and infrastructure since Russia’s full-scale invasion began 17 months ago, according to documentation and monitoring by human rights and humanitarian organizations. So far, an estimated 148 health workers have been killed in these attacks and 414 attacks on hospitals and […]

August 10, 2023
Attacks on Health Care
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Понад 1 000 атак на систему охорони здоров’я в Україні від початку повномасштабного вторгнення Росії

Від початку повномасштабного вторгнення Росії зафіксовано понад 1000 атак на охорону здоров’я. Такі дані наводить коаліція українських та міжнародних організацій, які відстежують та документують атаки на охорону здоров’я, —  EyeWitness to Atrocities, Insecurity Insight, Медійна ініціатива за права людини, Physicians for Human Rights та Український центр охорони здоров’я. Система охорони здоров’я України — медичні працівники, […]

August 10, 2023
Attacks on Health Care
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Kenyan Officials Must Protect the Right to Protest, Prevent Sexual Violence Amid Unrest: PHR

With mounting unrest across the country, Kenyan officials should immediately deescalate tensions and abide by international human rights law, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today. PHR is gravely concerned about excessive force deployed by security forces against demonstrators over recent months as well as the potential for an increase in sexual violence.   “Under both […]

July 19, 2023
Excessive Force, Sexual Violence
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With Security Council Veto, Russia “Cutting Off A Vital Lifeline to Syrians”: PHR

In response to news that the Russian Federation today vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution to renew cross-border aid to northwest Syria for nine months, the following quote is attributable to Karen Naimer, JD, LLM, director of programs at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR): “PHR condemns the Russian Federation’s United Nations Security Council veto […]

July 12, 2023
Press Release

Following International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Human Rights Groups Highlight Dangers of Crowd-Control Weapons and Urge the UN to Adopt a Torture-Free Trade Treaty

“Less lethal weapons must be employed only when they are subjected to strict requirements of necessity and proportionality, and only in situations in which non-violent means have been exhausted,” said Clément Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. This week Voule highlighted the pervasive and global nature of human […]

June 28, 2023
Weapons
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One Year On from Dobbs, Scientifically-Baseless Legislation Exacerbates Danger to Patients and Providers: PHR

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, the following statement is attributable to Payal Shah, JD, director of PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones:   “Over the last year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reverse 50 years of federal protection of reproductive rights, we have […]

June 21, 2023
Dual Loyalty, Reproductive Justice
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New Assessment: Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya Have Inadequate Access to Mental Health Services

NAIROBI– Survivors of sexual violence in Kenya face barriers to quality mental health services in their communities, according to a new assessment co-published today by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and the Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kenya Network (SSVKenya), which is convened by the Wangu Kanja Foundation.   The new assessment, Voicing Our Plight: […]

June 5, 2023
Sexual Violence

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