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Lethal in Disguise 2

Executive summary Public protests have surged across the world in recent years, often led by grassroots movements seeking to challenge social and economic injustices, express discontent and demand transformative change from their governments. Economic inequity led to the 2018 “Yellow Vests” protests in France, and echoes of these protests were felt in the 2019 Chile protests, the […]

March 22, 2023

She Pays the Highest Price: The Toll of Conflict on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Northwest Syria

In Northwest Syria, 2.3 million women and girls do not have easy access to necessary medical care, including sexual and reproductive health.

March 14, 2023
Attacks on Health Care

Destruction and Devastation: One Year of Russia’s Assault on Ukraine’s Health Care System

Press release available in English and Ukrainian. Executive Summary On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This act of aggression against a sovereign nation is a gross violation of international law, one that has been widely condemned by the international community. In the year that has followed, attacks on […]

February 21, 2023
Attacks on Health Care

“Part of my heart was torn away”: What the U.S. Government Owes the Tortured Survivors of Family Separation

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.

April 19, 2022
Asylum, Torture

“Excited Delirium” and Deaths in Police Custody

“Excited delirium” cannot be disentangled from its racist and unscientific origins and is not a valid, independent medical or psychiatric diagnosis.

March 2, 2022
Death Investigations

“Our Health Workers Are Working in Fear”: After Myanmar’s Military Coup, One Year of Targeted Violence against Health Care

Introduction On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) took control of the country in a coup d’état.[1] Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest.[2] The military regime not only imprisoned political rivals and dissenters,[3] but quickly proceeded to wage war against the people of Myanmar at large with excessive force […]

January 26, 2022
Attacks on Health Care

Destruction, Obstruction, and Inaction: The Makings of a Health Crisis in Northern Syria

PHR report provides evidence of compounded health disparities and inequities across northern Syria in the wake of a decade-long assault on health care by the government

December 15, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, COVID-19, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture

The Survivors, the Dead, and the Disappeared: Detention of Health Care Workers in Syria, 2011-2012

PHR’s analysis of patterns in the Syrian government’s forced disappearance, detention, and abuse of health care workers during the early years of the Syrian uprising.

November 10, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture

Neither Safety nor Health: How Title 42 Expulsions Harm Health and Violate Rights

The U.S. government continues to expel families and adults to countries where they face severe harm and persecution, violating their rights and failing to safeguard public health.

July 28, 2021
Asylum, COVID-19

Behind Closed Doors: Abuse and Retaliation Against Hunger Strikers in U.S. Immigration Detention

Trapped in a system marked by mistreatment and abuse, medical neglect, and the denial of due process, hundreds of people in U.S. immigration detention engage in hunger strikes as a means of protest each year.

June 23, 2021
Asylum, When Doctors Harm