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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Thursday, May 16, 2019
New Syrian Government Offensive Takes Horrific Toll on Health Care Facilities
As violence has escalated in northwest Syria since April 26, Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have reportedly carried out as many as 18 attacks on hospitals and other health care facilities – an enduring tactic which violates international humanitarian laws that protect health...
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Friday, May 03, 2019
Federal Funds Should Not Be Used to Detain Children at the U.S. Southern Border
This week, the White House requested $4.5 billion in funds toward U.S. southern border operations that would harm children and their families. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is calling on congressional leaders to reject the White House’s Emergency Supplemental Budget Request that would prolong...
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Thursday, December 27, 2018
U.S. Immigration Policy Contributes to Another Child Death
Following the second death of a child in U.S. Border Patrol custody in recent weeks, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) urgently calls for the immediate release of all detained children to community-based settings, access to independent medical providers for all detained children, and an independent...
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
PHR Condemns Sentencing of Turkish Doctor and Calls for Immediate Dropping of Charges
PHR condemns the sentencing in absentia of Dr. Gençay Gürsoy, founder and former president of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), by the Istanbul 37th Penal Court in Turkey. Dr. Gürsoy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison on the trumped-up charge of “disseminating propaganda for...
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Friday, November 16, 2018
Release of Top Secret CIA Document Reveals Deeper Medical Complicity in Torture Program
With the release of a previously top secret document – made public thanks to a legal victory by the ACLU – disclosing the role of the Office of Medical Services (OMS) in the CIA’s torture program, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) reminds health professionals that torture, in all its forms, is one...
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Friday, November 09, 2018
PHR Condemns Trump’s New Rule Prohibiting Valid Asylum Claims
The following statement is attributable to Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum Network Program Officer Kathryn Hampton : “The new measures adopted today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, under the orders of President Trump, barring those entering the United...
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
PHR Offers Forensic Expertise in Khashoggi Case and Calls for Independent International Investigation
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is horrified by reports of the disappearance and possible murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday, October 2. He has not been seen since, and...
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Monday, September 24, 2018
PHR Secures Win at MIT Solve with Groundbreaking MediCapt App
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is honored to have been selected among eight winners in the “Frontlines of Health” Solver category at this year’s MIT Solve event. PHR showcased its new innovative MediCapt technology to an audience and panel of expert judges in New York and walked away with a $10,...
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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Suu Kyi’s Denials Will Not Erase Crimes against Humanity Committed by Myanmar Military
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today denounced the refusal by the Myanmar leadership to accept responsibility for its part in the brutal and systematic killing and displacement of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. The following statement is attributable to PHR’s director of...
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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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