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Soins au milieu d’un conflit : HEAL Africa dans l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo 

Alors que le conflit dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) continue de s’intensifier, le partenaire médical de Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), HEAL Africa, fournit des soins intensifs aux survivants des violences sexuelles et sexistes. Nous avons échangé avec HEAL Africa pour en savoir plus sur la fourniture des services des soins […]

February 14, 2024
Children's Rights, Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Press Release

PHR Calls on Israel to Abide by International Court of Justice Ruling, Protect Health and Human Rights

Today the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Israel must take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts of genocide and take effective action to ensure the provision of “urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance” to address the “public health disaster” in Gaza.   “Complying with the ICJ’s provisional […]

January 26, 2024
Mass Atrocities
Press Release

“A Mockery”: UN Member States Must Reject Russia’s Human Rights Council Bid

In response to reports that the Russian Federation is attempting to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), the following quote is attributable to Sam Zarifi, JD, LLM, executive director at PHR:  “Russian forces have routinely bombed hospitals, tortured civilians, abducted children, raped women, and destroyed critical infrastructure in Ukraine. Russia’s president is a […]

September 26, 2023
Mass Atrocities
Open Letter

Joint Statement Urging More Aid, Solidarity and Attention to Sudan Crisis

(New York, September 13, 2023) – We, the heads of over 50 human rights and humanitarian organizations are coming together to sound the alarm about Sudan, where a disaster is unfolding before our eyes. With fighting continuing across the country, brutal sexual violence rising, widespread deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians, and journalists and human […]

September 13, 2023
Darfur, Mass Atrocities
Open Letter

NGOs to UN Human Rights Council: Extend Mandate of Commission on Ethiopia (ICHREE)

PHR joins global coalition of civil society to call upon the UN Human Rights Council to extend the mandate of the International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia (“the Commission,” or ICHREE) for a further term of one year, until September 2024. To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations […]

September 7, 2023
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Report

Mobilizing Health Workers to Safeguard Rights

For more than 35 years, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has worked at the intersection of medicine, science, and law to end human suffering, save lives, and secure justice and universal human rights for all. Read about our impact in our 2022 Annual Report.

June 22, 2023
Asylum, Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Reproductive Justice, Sexual Violence, Torture
Blog

PHR Delegation Brings Evidence and Advocacy to the 52nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s 52nd session in Geneva concluded this week with some meaningful advances for health and human rights. In addition to the adoption of the landmark resolution on the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment (A/HRC/51/L.7), the Human Rights Council (HRC) also renewed the mandates for several important […]

April 7, 2023
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Weapons
Blog

The International Criminal Court’s 20th Anniversary: How Medical Professionals Advance International Justice

As Russian artillery shells fall indiscriminately in Ukraine, efforts are under way by the international community to document the resulting human rights violations, including a range of attacks that likely constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. These efforts may indeed be the most robust in recent history. But as the International Criminal Court (ICC) […]

July 15, 2022
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Blog

As Putin Bombs Hospitals in Ukraine, I Hear Echoes from Syria

This article was originally published by The New Humanitarian, a news agency specialised in reporting humanitarian crises. Many Syrians are experiencing heart-wrenching flashbacks as we watch the mounting devastation in Ukraine and the millions of refugees fleeing. As a Syrian physician who provided medical care amid the war in my country, it’s especially painful when […]

April 13, 2022
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities
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
Multimedia

The Disappeared Doctors of Syria

The Syrian government has targeted health care workers with detention, abuse, and torture. Here are some of their stories.

January 27, 2022
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture
Press Release

Potential Hand-Over of Sudanese Dictator to ICC Would Be ‘Historic Milestone’: PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the reported agreement by the Sudanese government to transfer ousted dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to stand trial for charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.  “The hand-over of al-Bashir would represent a historic milestone for international justice and […]

August 12, 2021
Darfur, Mass Atrocities
Blog

“This is My Second Revolution”: A Q&A with Scientist-Activist Sandra Mon, on What’s Happening in Myanmar

Sandra Mon is a senior researcher at the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Department of Epidemiology. As a Myanmar national, she is an active voice for health care workers in Myanmar since the beginning of the coup there on February 1. PHR’s digital communications manager Hannah Dunphy spoke with […]

June 8, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Rohingya
Press Release

PHR Condemns the Mass Atrocities and Escalating Violence against Civilians in Mindat, Chin State, Myanmar, Calls for International Response

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, the Myanmar military – known as the Tatmadaw – launched a coordinated attack against the town of Mindat in Myanmar’s western Chin State. This latest crackdown was precipitated by  several weeks of sustained fighting between the Tatmadaw and civilian defense forces in Mindat, formed in March in response to increasing […]

May 20, 2021
Mass Atrocities
Blog

The United States and the Court of Last Resort

If the Biden administration is to lay the groundwork for future U.S. leadership on issues of rule of law and international justice, it must start by reviving its historical dedication to advancing accountability for serious crimes.

April 7, 2021
Mass Atrocities
Open Letter

Open Letter to Secretary of State Blinken on the Public Health and Human Rights Crisis in Myanmar

April 7, 2021 To: Antony Blinken, Secretary of State CC: Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Jeff Zients, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator; Samantha Power, USAID Administrator Nominee Secretary Blinken: We write as concerned human rights organizations, humanitarian organizations, medical professional associations, labor organizations, and refugee rights organizations […]

April 7, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities
Press Release

U.S. Lifting Sanctions on ICC Staff ‘A Bare Minimum Step’ Towards Improved Engagement with the Court: PHR

Quote attributable to Karen Naimer, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Director of Programs:  “Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)  welcomes today’s announcement by the U.S. State Department that President Biden has revoked Executive Order 13928, which had imposed sanctions and visa restrictions on personnel of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This decision removes a critical obstacle […]

April 2, 2021
Mass Atrocities
Press Release

International Criminal Court Upholds Landmark Conviction of Warlord for Atrocities Committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber decision to uphold the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda for 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2002 and 2003. Significantly, the Appeals Chamber also confirmed Ntaganda’s 30-year sentence, rejecting every […]

March 30, 2021
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Blog

Syria’s Medical Workers Are Still Fighting for Justice

Originally published by Al Jazeera, March 19, 2021 Every day when I wake up, I think about August 18, 2012 – the day I finally saw the sun after weeks in captivity. For the “crime” of providing healthcare to injured protesters, the Syrian government imprisoned and tortured me at the Military Intelligence Directorate in Aleppo for […]

March 23, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture
Webinar

Syrian Health and Human Rights: 10 Years of Conflict

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, Physicians for Human Rights hosted an online briefing call commemorating 10 years of the Syrian conflict, where experts reflected on the state of health and human rights in Syria. PHR Advisory Council member Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, senior research fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at […]

March 11, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, COVID-19, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture
Other

Advocacy Brief: Key Actions Governments Must Take Now to Uphold Human Rights After 10 Years of Conflict in Syria

Introduction After 10 years of war and untold suffering in Syria, the landscape for human rights, justice, and accountability looks bleak. In the spring of 2011, peaceful protesters took to the streets across Syria, demanding basic human rights and dignity. They were met with a fierce crackdown by the Syrian government. That violence has since […]

March 11, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, COVID-19, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture
Multimedia

A Decade of Death, Destruction, and Denial

After 10 years of war and untold suffering in Syria, the landscape for human rights, justice, and accountability looks bleak. Explore an interactive timeline of the conflict.

March 11, 2021
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Persecution of Health Workers, Torture

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