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Coalition Against Sexual Violence Calls on Government of Kenya to Act to End Femicide and Violence Against Women in Kenya

The Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) calls on the Government of Kenya to prevent and ensure accountability for femicide by training and supporting the National Police Service and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution to investigate and prosecute cases of gender-based violence. At least 10 women have been killed in the first month […]

January 29, 2024
Sexual Violence

Judicial Interference in the Medical Profession of Türkiye is Unlawful and Unethical

The unprecedented dismissal of 11 eminent Turkish physicians from their elected positions on the Central Council of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), the country’s largest professional medical group, is a flagrant violation of international human rights law and ethical standards, said a global coalition of medical professional organizations.   On November 30, a civil court in […]

December 5, 2023
Persecution of Health Workers

PHR Contributes to International Human Rights Treaty Review of the United States

PHR spotlights evidence of human rights violations in the United States before one of the most wide-ranging international human rights treaties. 

October 17, 2023
Asylum, Excessive Force, Reproductive Justice, Weapons

PHR Calls on All Parties to Abide by International Law in Israel and Gaza

Hamas’s brutal attacks on October 7 killed more than 1300 people in Israel. At least 150 civilians were reportedly taken hostage and forcibly transferred to Gaza. Hamas’s deliberate targeting of civilians and the numerous atrocities reported constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.   The Israeli military response has already resulted in the reported deaths […]

October 13, 2023

PHR Executive Director Saman Zia-Zarifi Delivers Statement on Ukraine at the 53rd session of UN Human Rights Council

UN Human Rights Council 53rd Session, Oral Statement on Ukraine (res. 47/22) and interim report of the Secretary General on human rights in Crimea (GA res. 77/229), 12 July 2023 Speaker: Saman Zia-Zarifi, Executive Director Oral Statement as Delivered: Physicians for Human Rights wishes to echo the High Commissioner’s concerns about Russian attacks on civilian […]

July 12, 2023
Attacks on Health Care

Sudan’s Warring Factions Must End Attacks on Hospitals, Protect Civilians: Joint Statement

Eight Sudanese and international health and human rights organizations condemn the continued attacks on hospitals and health care in Sudan amid the escalating conflict in the country. The organizations – including the Sudanese American Physicians Association (SAPA), Sudan Doctors Union – Canada (SDU Canada), Sudan Doctors Union – UK (SDU-UK), Sudanese Doctors Union of Ireland […]

April 26, 2023
Attacks on Health Care

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

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

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

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

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