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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
Press Release

Turkish Court Strips Nation’s Top Doctors of their Positions 

A civil court in Ankara today arbitrarily dismissed eleven of the most eminent physicians in Türkiye from their elected positions on the Central Council of the Turkish Medical Association

November 30, 2023
Persecution of Health Workers

United States’ Human Rights Record Criticized by the UN

Despite some good faith efforts, the United States lags well behind accepted international human rights standards.

November 29, 2023
Press Release

PHR Urges U.S. Congress to Protect the Right to Asylum in Funding Negotiations 

As U.S. Congress continue funding negotiations, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is alarmed at reports that aid to Ukraine could be withheld unless the bill includes permanent and devastating changes to the U.S. asylum system. In the face of potentially devastating changes, PHR is strongly urging lawmakers to safeguard the right to asylum. For more […]

November 29, 2023
Press Release

Physicians for Human Rights Fights Texas Abortion Ban in Amicus Brief Filed in Zurawski v. State of Texas

A ban on abortions in Texas has made it nearly impossible for doctors in the state to care for their patients who need medically necessary care, even in cases where a pregnant patient is at acute risk of dangerous complications or where a fetus will not survive pregnancy, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) argued this […]

November 27, 2023
Dual Loyalty, Reproductive Justice
Press Release

PHR Demands Independent Verification and Accountability for Attacks on Civilians, Health Care in Israel and Gaza

The horrific attacks on civilians during the war in Israel and Gaza since October 7, including the unprecedented attacks on health care workers and facilities, demand independent verification and accountability, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today. Reports of an imminent deal between Hamas and Israel to release hostages in exchange for prisoners, along with […]

November 21, 2023
Attacks on Health Care
Press Release

Survivors of Post-Election Sexual Violence in Kenya Call on Attorney General to Deliver Reparations Awarded in Landmark 2020 Court Decision 

Survivors and civil society organizations today called on the Attorney General of Kenya to immediately enforce a 2020 High Court decision that found the government of Kenya liable for its failure to investigate and prosecute sexual violence in the wake of contested 2007–2008 presidential elections in the country. Speaking in Nairobi, eight survivors of the […]

November 17, 2023
Sexual Violence
Press Release

PHR Welcomes International Arrest Warrant for Assad and Senior Syrian Officials Involved in 2013 Chemical Weapons Attack

The international arrest warrants issued by a French court for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his brother Maher al-Assad, and two generals for their role in devastating chemical attacks against civilians in 2013 are a crucial first step towards justice for the many victims of the Syrian government’s gross human rights violations, said Physicians for Human […]

November 16, 2023
Chemical Weapons

United States: UN Human Rights Mechanism Finds Excessive Force, Racism in Policing

More than three years after the Black Lives Matter movement swept the United States and brought renewed attention to racial injustice, a UN human rights monitoring mechanism has issued a groundbreaking new report about excessive use of force and racism in policing. The report from the Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in […]

October 26, 2023
Death Investigations, Excessive Force, Weapons

UN Human Rights Council 54th Session sends Mixed Signals to Perpetrators  

The 54th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded last week with at best mixed results – and certainly mixed signals – regarding the Council’s commitment to health and human rights. Together with national, regional, and international partners, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) urged Member States and Special Procedures to seek accountability for […]

October 18, 2023

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