Physicians for Human Rights

PHR was founded in 1986 on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to investigate the health consequences of human rights violations and work to stop them. PHR mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
U.S. Withdrawal from Human Rights Council Undermines Accountability
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is deeply disappointed and concerned by the United States government’s decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, a move it called counterproductive and damaging. “The Council’s dedicated mission to advance human rights around the globe is more crucial...
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Friday, June 15, 2018
America’s Health Professionals Appeal to Trump Administration: End Family Separation at Border Immediately
Thousands of medical voices from across the United States have joined forces with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to urge the Trump administration to immediately halt the separation of migrant and asylum seeking children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. A letter, addressed to U.S...
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Yemeni Port of Hodeidah, a Civilian Lifeline, Must Remain Operational
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is deeply alarmed by reports of an imminent military assault by Saudi and UAE-backed troops on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. The following statement is attributable to Homer Venters , PHR’s director of programs: “PHR condemns any military assault on Hodeidah...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Confirmation of Gina Haspel, Supervisor of Torture, As CIA Director, Is Unconscionable
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today is deeply disappointed and concerned at the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA director. Haspel, who helped manage the CIA torture program, and who oversaw the waterboarding of detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, has yet to release any information...
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Monday, October 10, 2016
Physicians for Human Rights Statement on New York Times “How U.S. Torture Left Legacy of Damaged Minds”
In the following statement, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) responds to the New York Times’ latest reporting on the U.S. torture program: Today’s New York Times article on the legacy of U.S. torture is yet another step forward toward learning the sordid details of that program. Unfortunately,...
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Friday, April 29, 2016
Physicians for Human Rights Responds to Kunduz Hospital Airstrike Report
The Defense Department today released the redacted report of its internal investigation into the U.S. military airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Since the attack last October, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has been pressing the White House and the Pentagon...
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Friday, January 22, 2016
U.S. Government Must Release Guantánamo Force-Feeding Tapes
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) denounced the U.S. government’s latest move to block the release of tapes showing force-feeding at Guantánamo, calling it a patent effort to conceal this unlawful and unethical practice from the public. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli yesterday appealed a...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
A Year After Torture Report, Impunity Persists
The U.S. government must investigate and prosecute all those responsible for the CIA’s unlawful torture program, provide redress to victims, and release the full Senate torture report, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said in a briefing paper today. The document discusses the central role that two...
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Friday, October 30, 2015
PHR Welcomes APA’s Call to Remove Psychologists from Guantánamo and National Security Interrogations
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed the American Psychological Association’s (APA) request that the U.S. government withdraw all psychologists from national security interrogation roles and from Guantánamo Bay and other detention settings that operate in violation of international law...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Lawsuit Filed Against CIA Torture Psychologists
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed a federal lawsuit against psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. PHR said the lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU), is a landmark step toward accountability, but...
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