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Five Evidence-based Approaches that Deliver Results for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the Clinicians Who Support Them 

As we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we continue to challenge ourselves to understand what works and what doesn’t, using rigorous, scientific, and trauma-informed approaches.  

November 24, 2022
Rohingya, Sexual Violence
Press Release

PHR Welcomes Judicial Decision to End Title 42, Warns of New Measures That Would Restrict Access to Asylum

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s decision to vacate Title 42, an order that was used to expel asylum seekers more than 2.4 million times with no due process into dangerous conditions in Mexico.   Title 42 – invoked in March 2020 by the Trump administration purportedly to defend against the […]

November 16, 2022
Press Release

ACLU and PHR Renew Calls for ICE to End Force-Feeding Amid Release of Harrowing New Intercept Video

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union and Physicians for Human Rights renewed calls today for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to end the practice of force-feeding detained people, and to end its reliance on mass immigration detention, after the Intercept obtained and released footage of the federal agency force-feeding a man engaged in a […]

November 15, 2022
Press Release

Uluslararası Örgütler, Türk Hükümeti’nin keyfi olarak önde gelen bir doktoru tutuklama kararını kınıyor ve serbest bırakılmasını talep ediyor

English version here. Önde gelen dört uluslararası insan hakları ve sağlık STK’sı, Türk Tabipleri Birliği Başkanı ve Türkiye İnsan Hakları Vakfı Yönetım Kurulu üyesi Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı’nın 27 Ekim’de esaslara ve usullere dayanmayan tutuklanmasını kınadı.   Örgütler, Dr. Fincancı’nın derhal ve koşulsuz olarak serbest bırakılmasını ve Türk yetkililerinin ülkedeki insan hakları ve ifade özgürlüğüne yönelik baskılarını […]

October 31, 2022
Chemical Weapons, Persecution of Health Workers
Press Release

Global Organizations Condemn Turkish Government’s Arbitrary Detention of Leading Doctor, Demand Release

Turkish version here. Four leading international human rights and medical NGOs condemn the arbitrary arrest on 27 October of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, chairperson of the Turkish Medical Association and executive committee member of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey.   The organizations demand Dr. Fincancı’s immediate, unconditional release and that Turkish authorities cease their crackdown […]

October 27, 2022
Persecution of Health Workers
Press Release

PHR Medical Director Elected to The National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced today its new class of elected members, naming Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) medical director Michele Heisler, MD, MPA as an inductee. Dr. Heisler was elected to the NAM for her pioneering research on the intersections of health, human rights, and health equity that has informed national and […]

October 17, 2022
Press Release

Iran’s Government Must End Brutal Crackdown on Protesters, Respect International Human Rights Law: PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) condemns the wanton and excessive force perpetrated by Iran’s security forces against demonstrators amid mass protests across the country. In light of increasing reports of arbitrary arrests, detention, torture, sexual violence, and killings of protestors and human rights defenders in Iran, PHR joins calls for an immediate, independent mechanism to […]

October 12, 2022
Excessive Force

Advocating Against Attacks on Health at the United Nations: Reflections on the 51st Session of the Human Rights Council    

PHR delivered strong statements to world leaders to stop illegal attacks on health care in places such as Myanmar, Syria, and Ukraine, and demand accountability for human rights abuses.

October 5, 2022
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Rohingya

Doctors Who Knowingly Spread COVID-19 Lies Should be Held Accountable

Originally published by STAT, September 27, 2022. The California State Legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom that strengthens discipline for doctors who knowingly spread Covid-19 misinformation. Legislation like this is sorely needed across the country. More than two years into the pandemic, Covid-19 misinformation still runs rampant. Some comes from doctors spreading lies about unproven — […]

October 5, 2022
COVID-19, When Doctors Harm
Press Release

Громадські організації закликають комісію ООН розслідувати обстріли українських лікарень Росією

Систематичні атаки на медичні заклади, напади на швидкі та медиків, перешкоджання наданню медичної допомоги цивільним — це все свідомі дії Російської Федерації, яка використовує їх, як інструмент у війні. Саме тому розслідування випадків атак та притягнення винних до відповідальності є надзвичайно важливими для досягнення справедливості. Український центр охорони здоров’я (UHC), Лікарі за права людини (Physicians […]

September 23, 2022
Attacks on Health Care