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11 Human Rights Organizations Laud “Landmark” New Mental Health Amendment Act in Kenya

Today 11human rights organizations that champion the right to be free from all forms of sexual and gender-based violence welcomed the signing into law of the Mental Health (Amendment) Act, 2022 by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. This comes after the Kenyan Senate unanimously passed the Mental Health Amendment Bill on June 21, 2022. […]

July 1, 2022
Sexual Violence
Statements

PHR’s Executive Director to Step Down at the End of the Year

After a decade serving as Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights, Donna McKay has announced that she will step down at the end of the year. PHR Board Chair Alan Jones praised McKay’s contributions: “We are saddened by Donna’s decision to leave PHR and will be forever grateful for her tireless service. Under her […]

November 1, 2021
Statements

PHR Statement on Texas Governor Abbott Order to Arrest Asylum Seekers Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border

In response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order calling for the National Guard to help local law enforcement with arresting asylum seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Physicians for Human Rights medical director Dr. Michele Heisler released the following statement. “Yesterday’s order by Gov. Abbott is motivated by xenophobia and not backed by any science. […]

July 29, 2021
Statements

PHR Statement on Escalating Violence Engulfing Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

In response to continued reports of excessive force being used in the Occupied Palestinian Territories resulting in injuries and deaths, and reported attacks on and denials of access to health care, Physicians for Human Rights has issued the following statement: “Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is deeply alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating situation engulfing Israel […]

May 11, 2021
Weapons
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Dr. Carola Eisenberg, Founding Member and a Past Vice-President of PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Carola Eisenberg, MD, one of PHR’s founding members and former PHR vice-president, who passed away on March 11 at the age of 103. An avid advocate for ethics in medicine and public health, and a pioneer in a medical field largely […]

March 11, 2021
Statements

New Iraqi Law Is Important First Step for Survivors of ISIS Violence: PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the Iraqi Parliament’s adoption of the Yazidi Women Survivors’ Law and considers it a significant step towards recognition of the crimes committed by ISIS and the establishment of reparation programs for those who were subjected to sexual violence and slavery by ISIS. The law, passed on March 1, 2021, […]

March 5, 2021
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Statements

PHR Joins Coalition to Call for the Biden Administration to Repeal ICC Sanctions

The undersigned organizations urge the Biden Administration to engage constructively with the International Criminal Court (ICC). The U.S. government’s support for the ICC could help secure justice for victims in situations from Myanmar to Darfur, just as it helped facilitate the February 4 historic conviction of a former leader of an armed rebel group for […]

February 18, 2021
Mass Atrocities
Statements

PHR: Violent Political Insurrectionists Must be Held Accountable

In response to yesterday’s insurrection, where a mob breached the barriers and safety of the U.S. Capitol, Donna McKay, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), issued the following statement:  “We condemn this violent and abhorrent assault on the rule of law. These terrorizing acts incited by President Trump and perpetrated by a mob […]

January 7, 2021
Statements

Dr. H. Jack Geiger, Founding Member and a Past President of PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of H. Jack Geiger, MD, M Sci Hyg, founding member and a past president of PHR, who passed away on Monday at the age of 95. Geiger was a visionary advocate for health and rights in every decade since the 1950s and […]

December 29, 2020
Statements

Physicians for Human Rights Statement to the United Nations COVID-19 Special Session

The United Nations Special session of the General Assembly in response to thecoronavirus disease (COVID‑19) pandemic comes at a critically important time. Itprovides an opportunity for all Member States to affirm that respect for and promotionof human rights must be at the core of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Months ago, Secretary-General António […]

December 9, 2020
COVID-19