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“Shortsighted and a Failure of Leadership”: Congress and White House Must Act on Global COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Equity: PHR

In advance of the second Global COVID-19 Summit, co-hosted by the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal, the following statement is attributable to Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, medical director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and professor of public health and internal medicine at University of Michigan:  “As the world surpasses 15 million deaths […]

May 10, 2022
COVID-19
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If Confirmed, Roe Reversal Would Represent a ‘Dangerous and Appalling’ Rollback of Human Rights

In response to reports that the United States Supreme Court has prepared an initial majority draft decision which would overturn abortion rights, the following statement is attributable to Payal Shah, J.D., director of PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones:  “If confirmed, the Supreme Court’s move to overturn Roe v. Wade would represent one […]

May 4, 2022
Sexual Violence
Press Release

Medical and Public Health Experts Call on Biden Administration to Not Delay Planned Repeal of ‘Devastating’ Title 42 Border Expulsions

Twelve leading medical and public health experts across the United States called on the Biden administration and Congress today to repeal the Title 42 border expulsions order as planned on May 23. In response to a Tuesday Axios report that the Biden administration is considering a delay of the repeal of the order in response […]

April 21, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

Federal Court Decision on Mask Mandates “Handcuff” U.S. Public Health Response to COVID-19

Following Monday’s ruling by a federal judge in Florida to strike down masking requirements on airplanes, trains, buses, and other public transportation, public health experts are concerned this decision sets a precedent in undermining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) authority to guide and direct response to public health emergencies now and […]

April 20, 2022
COVID-19
Press Release

Parents Experience Severe Psychological Trauma Four Years After Family Separation by the U.S. Government: PHR Report

Three to four years after being separated from their children by the U.S. government, deported asylum-seeking parents continue to endure severe psychological trauma, according to a new investigation published today by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). The report’s findings underscore the U.S. government’s unfulfilled obligation to provide remedy, rehabilitation, and redress to survivors of family […]

April 19, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

Informe de PHR: A cuatro años de la separación familiar forzada por parte del gobierno de los EE. UU. padres y madres continúan padeciendo un trauma psicológico severo

Tres o cuatro años después de haber sido separados de sus hijos por el gobierno de los EE. UU., los padres y madres solicitantes de asilo que fueron deportados continúan padeciendo un trauma psicológico severo, según la más reciente investigación publicada hoy por Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Los hallazgos de esta investigación subrayan la […]

April 19, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

Syria’s New Anti-Torture Law Fails to Address Regime’s Crimes Against Humanity: PHR 

In response to Syria’s passage of anti-torture legislation on March 30, the following statement is attributable to Houssam al-Nahhas, MD, MPH, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Researcher:   “Physicians for Human Rights would welcome any systemic measures that prevent the torture and ill-treatment of people in Syria, provide meaningful pathways […]

April 5, 2022
Torture
Press Release

PHR Welcomes CDC’s Plans to Rescind “Scientifically Baseless and Politically Motivated” Title 42 Border Expulsions

Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its plans to rescind the Title 42 order, which the U.S. government has used to expel asylum seekers and other migrants almost two million times since its enactment in March 2020. While welcoming the long-delayed announcement, medical experts and human rights advocates from Physicians […]

April 1, 2022
Asylum
Press Release

PHR Welcomes Biden Administration’s Determination that Myanmar Forces’ Violence against the Rohingya is Genocide, Calls for Tangible Accountability

Last week, the Biden administration formally announced its determination that violence committed against the Rohingya by  Myanmar’s military (the Tatmadaw) amounts to genocide and crimes against humanity. In response, the following statement is attributable to Lindsey Green, MA, program officer, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR):  “PHR welcomes […]

March 28, 2022
Mass Atrocities
Press Release

After Two Years of Health and Rights Abuses, it’s Past Time to End Title 42 Border Expulsions: PHR 

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) reiterates its call on the White House and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to immediately rescind the Title 42 order, through which the U.S. government has expelled asylum seekers and other migrants more than one million times over the past two years.   On March 11, the CDC […]

March 17, 2022
Asylum, COVID-19