Through Evidence, Change is Possible

Who We Are

Our team works tirelessly to expose human rights violations worldwide: 

  • We investigate and document human rights violations, give voice to survivors and witnesses, and plant seeds of reconciliation by ensuring that perpetrators can be held accountable for their crimes.
  • We believe that medical ethics are deeply bound to the protection of human rights. PHR uses our core disciplines – science, medicine, forensics, and public health – to inform our research and investigations and to strengthen the skills of frontline human rights defenders.
  • We work closely with hundreds of partners around the world, using facts to wage effective advocacy and campaigning and providing critical scientific evidence so that survivors can seek justice.

How We Work

We Document

We use the power of science and forensic medicine to establish a fact-based record of human rights abuses.

We Empower

We enable front line human rights defenders to expose violations and hold perpetrators accountable.

We Advocate

We use our authoritative voice to protect human rights and end impunity for perpetrators.

Why PHR?

Physicians for Human Rights is a top rated, not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations are 100% tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law.

PHR shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for our leading role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and continues to fight for those affected by human rights violations, holding perpetrators accountable, and preventing future violations around the world.

Our Work


PHR advocates for a science- and rights-driven approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. We defend the right of all people to have access to health care and stand with medical professionals on the front lines of this crisis.


PHR exposes the harms caused by prohibited weapons in war and crowd-control weapons used with excessive force in peacetime.

Asylum and Persecution

For more than 30 years, volunteer health professionals in PHR’s Asylum Network have provided such evaluations to survivors of torture and ill-treatment who seek refuge and an opportunity to recover in the United States from the trauma and injury they have endured.

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